We ended the the day with a scribe who showed us how they make ink and parchment for the Torah and other religious texts. He demonstrated some beautiful Hebrew calligraphy and then showed us a 200 year old Torah scroll. It was really cool to look at it and actually be able to read it in the original Hebrew! (though I don't yet know what the words mean, I have learned the Hebrew Alef-Bet, so that is really cool...)
A new fig putting budding, although this branch doesn't have any fruit... hmm...
This was the plant that people think the crown of thorns was that was placed on Jesus' head by the Romans.
Another fig, this one unlikely to be cursed, because it bears fruit in its season!
This guy is a scribe and also a chief gardener at the nature reserve. It was really cool to watch him write in beautiful Hebrew script.
This is a 200 year old Torah scroll that was saved from being burnt in a pogrom in Poland in WWII