Children of all ages joined Da’ehu’s second community education event to learn hands-on the meaning of שמן זית זך and what it takes to get those first drops of oil—a lot of work and a lot of olives. Da’ehu, as in “Know Him in all of your ways,” is a Montessori school in the process of forming in Passaic, and one of its main objectives is out-of-the-box, hands-on learning. Da’ehu founder and president Gershom Tave led the children in pressing the olives first by hand and then in a press. By the end of the event the children seemed to agree that, although they had fun, they would stick to oil from the store and leave the pressing to the professionals.
Da'ehu founder and president, Gershom Tave, bought 180 lbs of wine grapes and soon had a large group of children and their parents up to their elbows in grapes crushing and pressing them and straining the juice. Rabbi Tave also showed participants the equipment in which the grape juice
will ferment into wine over the coming months -- just in time for Purim.