A Land Flowing with Cottage Cheese and Honey?

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It is known throughout the world that the Land of Israel is a land flowing with milk and honey. ElAl even runs trips called Milk and Honey tours!

We see the milk and honey theme throughout the Torah including in this week’s Parsha, Parshat Korach and last week’s Parsha, Parshat Shlach.

Datan and Aviram who join Korach in his rebellion against Moshe actually use the description of “a land flowing with milk and honey” in two different ways: (Parshat Korach, Devarim 16:13-14)

“It is but a pittance that you have brought us up from the land flowing with milk and honey to kill us in the desert, that you must exercise power over us to make yourself powerful as well? Even into a land flowing with milk and honey you have not brought us, and not given us an inheritance of fields and vineyards if you put those people’s eyes out, even then we will not go up.”

Datan and Aviram claim that the Land of Egypt was a land flowing with milk and honey and now that they are in the desert they are worse off since they have not been brought into the promised Land of milk and honey (Israel) and were not given an inheritance of fields and vineyards.

Even though they claimed that Egypt was a land of milk and honey, they never said that Israel was not.

In the modern State of Israel there is no shortage of milk or honey. The dairy products are so good here that you rarely see milk products being brought into Israel from abroad.

The downside is that there is no competition and therefore the cost of milk products continues to rise. At this point, the cost of cottage cheese in Israel is double the price of cottage cheese in Europe.

This week there was a public campaign in Israel to ban cottage cheese. Cottage cheese is being used as a symbol for dairy products and basic food products. The idea of the boycott is to make sure that every family can buy these products at fair prices.

The problem with importing the products from overseas is that Israelis will end up losing jobs.

We have to do what we can to lower the prices on dairy products that are produced in Israel so that we can truly take advantage of the fact that we are in an “Ertez zavat chalav u’dvash”, a land flowing with milk and honey.