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From the Seas of Israel

T-shirt - From the Seas of IsraelAnd it shall come to pass, that the fishers shall stand upon it from Ein-gedi even unto Ein-Eglaim; they shall be a place to spread forth nets; their fish shall be according to their kinds, as the fish of the Great Sea, exceeding many.  Ezekiel 47:10

Fishes! For the people of the Bible and the Holy Land, the once numerous seas and waterways of Israel generously provided a significant portion of their diet. Given to man as food only after the Flood, the importance of fish as an economic and dietary staple is evident throughout the Book of Books, while in the story of Job this natural order is reversed and the fish actually eats the man! Water and fish played a prominent roll in the many miracles attributed to Jesus, who often sojourned and preached in the fishing village of Capernaum on the shores of the Sea of Galilee.

With a border on three seas, the Sea of Galilee (Lake Kinneret), the Jordan river, and other smaller waterways, Israel knows all varieties of fish, both salt- and freshwater. These days they remain an important symbol in Jewish and Christian life in the Holy Land, the latter having adopted the fish as the symbol of Jesus' life and works, and of the abundance he bestowed upon his followers. Jews often serve whole fishes on Shabbat (the Sabbath), for Rosh HaShana (the Jewish New Year) just their heads: a message to God that the Jewish People hopes to be "the head" and not "the tail" in the year to come. Of course, though the people of the Land go fishing from Ein-Gedi to Ein-Eglaim, the Dead Sea has never made for a very good fishing hole!

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