Puzzle: The Fruits of Israel versus Egypt
Since Passover is the festival par excellence of symbolic foods, here’s a perfect puzzle for
The Bible associates certain fruits and vegetables with Egypt and others with Israel. During their wanderings in
the desert “the Israelites wept and said… ‘We remember the fish that we used to eat free in Egypt, the
cucumbers, the melons, the leeks, the onions, and the garlic’” (Numbers 11:4-5). When the spies returned from
the Promised Land they brought grapes, pomegranates, and figs (Numbers 13:23).
How many reasons can you think
of to explain why, cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions, and garlic are associated with Egypt while grapes, pomegranates, and
figs are connected with Israel?