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        10/21/2011, Tishrei 23, 5772

      Sukkot Harvest and History at Samarian Vineyard


      A cooler-than-average summer resulted in a late harvest at the vineyard at Givat Tekuma, next to the Samarian Jewish community of Yitzhar. So late, in fact that its owners were forced to carry out the harvest during the intermediate days of the Sukkot holiday, when people generally don't engage in work, despite the agricultural connotations of the holiday. Vineyard owner Boaz Albert said they tried to defer the harvest until after the holiday but faced the risk of losing a crop which was twice the size of last year's harvest.

      Overlooking the vineyards is a system of wine presses from the Hasmonean period, which were discovered after the vineyards were planted, about eight years ago.