“The dove returned to him in the evening, and – look! – it had a torn olive leaf in its mouth. So Noah knew that the water had gone down from the surface of the earth.”
Since this biblical moment in Parshat Noah, the olive branch has served as the eternal symbol of peace. Why was this leaf specifically chosen to prove to Noah the flood’s end and the arrival of peace?
In comparison to other varieties, the olive tree is recognized to be tremendously resilient and strong. Additionally, the olive produces the purest of oils. It is incapable of mixing with any other liquids and automatically rises above to the top.
Our sages explain, that while the flood had uprooted surrounding topiaries, the olive tree remained steadily entrenched in the ground and was thus, the first to develop leaves post flood. As a result, this tree stands to remind us that while stormy, challenges may arise, God will care for us, ensuring better, more peaceful times ahead.
This weekend, may we be resilient like the olive, deep-rooted in our beliefs and a beacon of peace to all. Shabbat Shalom! @themodernpalette
“PEACEFUL” OLIVE TAPENADE
- ¼ cup green Olives, pitted
- ¼ cup black Olives, pitted
- ¼ cup dried figs, chopped
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 1 tablespoon honey
- ½ tablespoon garlic powder
Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender and mix well. Add salt to taste. Serve with fresh bread.