Our class names were inspired by the fruits brought to the temple during the harvest – Te’enah (Fig), Gefen (Vine), Tamar (Palm), and Rimon (Pomegranate) – and as our ancestors were proud of them, we parents and teachers are proud of our children.
The memory of the seven sacred species stayed alive throughout the generations and for thousands of years, and has played an important role in the food of Jews in Israel and the religious traditions of Judaism.
Figs are frequently mentioned in the Bible; for example, 1 Samuel 25:18, 1 Samuel 30:12 and 1 Chronicles 12:41.
Grapes are mentioned all the way from Genesis to Revelation, as grape vines were often used as symbols of the Promised Land of Israel’s fertility in Genesis 6:9, Numbers 13:23, and Leviticus 23:13.
The Palm provides the honey in the Biblical reference of “a land flowing with milk and honey”, and Exodus 3:8 refers to date honey.
Finally, Pomegranates were symbolically important as adornments on the hem of the robe of the high priest and the Temple pillars, and embossed on coinage. To find in the bible see Exodus 28:34, Numbers 20:5, 1 Samuel 14:2, and 1 Kings 7:42.