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Jerusalem - Israel Mobilizes As Millions Of Locust Descend (photos)

Published on: March 6, 2013 09:01 AM
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Ultra orthodox man collects Locusts because four varieties of locust are listed in the Torah as permissible to eat. Millions of the grasshopper-like insects swarmed Israel’s southern neighbor, damaging crops. Some have since made their way to southern Israel. On the eve of Passover, which this year begins at sundown on March 25, Jews around the world will recall the Exodus story and the 10 plagues that befell Egypt. According to the Old Testament Book of Exodus, God sent 10 plagues to Egypt because the pharaoh refused to free the Israelites from captivity. Locusts were the eighth plague. They are seen here as they desend on the area of Pitchat Nitzana between Beer Milka and Ashlim in the Negev. March 6 2013. Photo by Dror Garti/Flash90 Ultra orthodox man collects Locusts because four varieties of locust are listed in the Torah as permissible to eat. Millions of the grasshopper-like insects swarmed Israel’s southern neighbor, damaging crops. Some have since made their way to southern Israel. On the eve of Passover, which this year begins at sundown on March 25, Jews around the world will recall the Exodus story and the 10 plagues that befell Egypt. According to the Old Testament Book of Exodus, God sent 10 plagues to Egypt because the pharaoh refused to free the Israelites from captivity. Locusts were the eighth plague. They are seen here as they desend on the area of Pitchat Nitzana between Beer Milka and Ashlim in the Negev. March 6 2013. Photo by Dror Garti/Flash90

Jerusalem - Agriculture Ministry workers armed with pesticides went into action at first light Wednesday morning, distributing both aerial and ground sprays in the area where millions of locusts descended upon southern Israel from Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula the day before.

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The ministry said that it would also continue to monitor the situation in Egypt.

With Passover only a few weeks away, the eighth of the 10 plagues struck Israel on Tuesday after already overtaking much of Egypt.

Around mid-afternoon, the Agriculture Ministry reported that a large swarm containing millions of locusts had arrived in Kadesh Barnea. Ministry workers immediately embarked on an observational aircraft mission to map the location of the band of bugs, after which they sprayed the entire area from the air, the office said.

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An Israeli motor cyclist passes through locusts as they swarm near the Egyptian border at the Negev Desert area of Nitzana, 06 March 2013. The swarm of locusts came from Egypt and Israel has been spraying the area in the hopes of killing off the millions of locusts.  EPA/JIM HOLLANDERAn Israeli motor cyclist passes through locusts as they swarm near the Egyptian border at the Negev Desert area of Nitzana, 06 March 2013. The swarm of locusts came from Egypt and Israel has been spraying the area in the hopes of killing off the millions of locusts.  EPA/JIM HOLLANDER
Locusts fly near a car belonging to experts as they map the swarms of locusts near Kmehin in Israel's Negev desert March 5, 2013. The Israeli Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development said on Tuesday that the location of the locusts which crossed into Israel from neighbouring Egypt had been mapped and and will be fumigated tomorrow. REUTERS/Amir CohenLocusts fly near a car belonging to experts as they map the swarms of locusts near Kmehin in Israel's Negev desert March 5, 2013. The Israeli Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development said on Tuesday that the location of the locusts which crossed into Israel from neighbouring Egypt had been mapped and and will be fumigated tomorrow. REUTERS/Amir Cohen
 Part of a swarm of locusts stop to rest near a plant in the Israeli Negev Desert near the border crossing with Egypt at Nitzana, 06 March 2013. The swarm of locusts came from Egypt and Israel has been spraying the area in the hopes of killing off the millions of locusts.  EPA/JIM HOLLANDER Part of a swarm of locusts stop to rest near a plant in the Israeli Negev Desert near the border crossing with Egypt at Nitzana, 06 March 2013. The swarm of locusts came from Egypt and Israel has been spraying the area in the hopes of killing off the millions of locusts.  EPA/JIM HOLLANDER
Part of a swarm of locusts stop to rest near a plant in the Israeli Negev Desert near the border crossing with Egypt at Nitzana, 06 March 2013. The swarm of locusts came from Egypt and Israel has been spraying the area in the hopes of killing off the millions of locusts.  EPA/JIM HOLLANDERPart of a swarm of locusts stop to rest near a plant in the Israeli Negev Desert near the border crossing with Egypt at Nitzana, 06 March 2013. The swarm of locusts came from Egypt and Israel has been spraying the area in the hopes of killing off the millions of locusts.  EPA/JIM HOLLANDER
A foreign labourer from Thailand displays a bunch of fried locusts before eating them at his house near Kmehin in Israel's Negev desert March 5, 2013. The Israeli Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development said on Tuesday that the location of the locusts which crossed into Israel from neighbouring Egypt had been mapped and and will be fumigated tomorrow. REUTERS/Amir CohenA foreign labourer from Thailand displays a bunch of fried locusts before eating them at his house near Kmehin in Israel's Negev desert March 5, 2013. The Israeli Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development said on Tuesday that the location of the locusts which crossed into Israel from neighbouring Egypt had been mapped and and will be fumigated tomorrow. REUTERS/Amir Cohen

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 Mar 06, 2013 at 09:07 AM Anonymous Says:

eeyew! fried locust! Is it something like Supersnacks or Bisli?

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 Mar 06, 2013 at 09:29 AM Sociologist Says:

Did I miss the frogs??

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 Mar 06, 2013 at 09:43 AM longtimelongislander Says:

Eating locusts??
Suddenly Fear Factor does not seem as far fetched as it used to!
-Dave

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 Mar 06, 2013 at 10:01 AM Yiddl Says:

Yum can't wait to taste some of it. I am so excited that I can eat some of these bugs. Are there any other types of insects that are kosher? I always felt bad that crap etc wasn't kosher.

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 Mar 06, 2013 at 10:29 AM cynic Says:

Locust plague? Maybe they should call up our friends at the LDS (the Mormons) and ask if they've got any spare seagulls...
- part of Mormon history involves an onslaught of (so called) "Mormon Crickets" which were chomping away at the crops of the new community near Salt Lake City back in 1848.
- the plants were saved when a huge flock of seagulls flew over from the "Great Salt Lake" and ate up the insects.

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 Mar 06, 2013 at 11:21 AM Kolymsky Avraham Says:

Just because a certain genus of locust was declared to be kosher it does not necessarily follow that we are compelled to eat them.

I hate derma; does that mean I am religiously obliged to stuff my own kishke with that of another of G-d's creatures?

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 Mar 06, 2013 at 11:45 AM Lodzker Says:

Reply to #4  
Yiddl Says:

Yum can't wait to taste some of it. I am so excited that I can eat some of these bugs. Are there any other types of insects that are kosher? I always felt bad that crap etc wasn't kosher.

You felt bad that what wasn't kosher???

Bon apitete

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 Mar 06, 2013 at 11:54 AM lovebugs Says:

Oh. Those fried grasshoppers, oh what a delight, i hope we cud start seeing them in kosher supermarkets soon. Can u imagine how the advertizment will look. "hot chilly fried lotcus for vegetarians, bhasguches badatz, & kusher lepasech" just pop in lunch bag & go....

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 Mar 06, 2013 at 12:40 PM Norden Says:

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lovebugs Says:

Oh. Those fried grasshoppers, oh what a delight, i hope we cud start seeing them in kosher supermarkets soon. Can u imagine how the advertizment will look. "hot chilly fried lotcus for vegetarians, bhasguches badatz, & kusher lepasech" just pop in lunch bag & go....

"hot chilly fried lotcus for vegetarians, bhasguches badatz, & kusher lepasech"

Lovebugs #8, we haven't met before, but I am convinced that you will not take offense and/or be grefrunzled if I respectfully remind you that that most Yiddn eat "lotcus" during Chanuka. Their being "kusher lepasech" is therefore a totally unnecessary chumra.

Best wishes and batayavon!

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 Mar 06, 2013 at 01:32 PM Huh? Says:

Reply to #8  
lovebugs Says:

Oh. Those fried grasshoppers, oh what a delight, i hope we cud start seeing them in kosher supermarkets soon. Can u imagine how the advertizment will look. "hot chilly fried lotcus for vegetarians, bhasguches badatz, & kusher lepasech" just pop in lunch bag & go....

why would they be for "vegetarians"? Aren't animals (insects included) considered meat

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 Mar 06, 2013 at 01:48 PM MAYERFREUND Says:

Will the makas chosech fallow ?

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 Mar 06, 2013 at 02:10 PM thechief Says:

#10...fish flesh is meat but it is not fleishig.i do not believe locust are fleishig.
even fowl is only ''fleishig''m'drabonon.
l'mai nafke mina?for simchas yom tov one needs real bosor!!
p.s. but your are right a vegetarian would not eat them[unless there is no vegetation left because they devoured all.]

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 Mar 06, 2013 at 02:52 PM Anonymous Says:

It is a great chesed that Hashem was matir chagavim because otherwise people would starve when a plague comes - however on the other hand, the Ohr HaChaim HaKadosh zya taught that plagues would not come if people did not eat the locusts and suggested people should be mekadesh bmutar lach and not eat them

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 Mar 06, 2013 at 03:59 PM bahby Says:

The last time Hakodosh Boruch Hu sent the makoh of arbeh, only the Egyptians were plagued by the makoh, and the Yiddin were spared. This time the makoh is hitting the Yiddin, too. I think we need to get the message and take it seriously.

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 Mar 06, 2013 at 04:00 PM Applestein Says:

dip them in chocolate and you can buy them in Boro Park

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 Mar 06, 2013 at 05:44 PM The_Truth Says:

Reply to #14  
bahby Says:

The last time Hakodosh Boruch Hu sent the makoh of arbeh, only the Egyptians were plagued by the makoh, and the Yiddin were spared. This time the makoh is hitting the Yiddin, too. I think we need to get the message and take it seriously.

The last time???
I think you'll find there have been many locust swarms throughout history - even in recent years, although never as large as the Eser Makkos.
Plus, I think you'll find that there are enough Makkos within the yiddishe world that we should already take seriously.

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 Mar 06, 2013 at 06:18 PM Anonymous Says:

After al the pesticides being sprayed on them, I'd suggest people should be very wary about eating those bugs.

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 Mar 06, 2013 at 06:35 PM mugsisme Says:

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Anonymous Says:

After al the pesticides being sprayed on them, I'd suggest people should be very wary about eating those bugs.

Good point.

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 Mar 06, 2013 at 08:49 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #12  
thechief Says:

#10...fish flesh is meat but it is not fleishig.i do not believe locust are fleishig.
even fowl is only ''fleishig''m'drabonon.
l'mai nafke mina?for simchas yom tov one needs real bosor!!
p.s. but your are right a vegetarian would not eat them[unless there is no vegetation left because they devoured all.]

Some vegetarians do eat fish, and I have heard of some who do not eat fish but do eat insects

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 Mar 06, 2013 at 11:00 PM shredready Says:

I think it is high in protein and low in fat a perfect food if you can stomach it

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 Mar 06, 2013 at 11:51 PM charliehall Says:

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Huh? Says:

why would they be for "vegetarians"? Aren't animals (insects included) considered meat

Locusts are pareve, and this species is kosher.

The gemara in chullin rules that if you make a neder against eating meat, you also can't eat poultry, but you can eat fish and locusts. Enjoy!

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 Mar 07, 2013 at 01:11 AM flower3 Says:

wow there goes my diet...lol

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 Mar 07, 2013 at 10:46 AM Anonymous Says:

Meat is only what is basar vchalav.
Iow, cows, goats and sheep.

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