“I was saying Psalms and just kept thinking, ‘What can I do?’” Smolar recalled, thinking about the days following the Dec. 9 shooting at the Ofra Junction, which left Ish-Ran critically wounded. She was hit in the lower abdomen and pelvis and underwent surgery at a Jerusalem hospital, during which her baby – 30-weeks – was delivered in an emergency procedure.
The koteret was the first Jewish perfume, according to Shimon and Sarah Barda, who today use some of the incense offering’s original herbs and flowers, and many other natural scents, to create a line of perfumes, creams and deodorants without aluminum, added colors or chemicals. The couple investigated and collected thousands of plants and established a laboratory and manufacturing facility in the biblical heartland that sells a wide-range of natural products.
“By digging down into the earth of the holy land and finding our answers in there, we established our roots here and showed…we’re not interlopers or migrants, we‘re not survivors of the Holocaust that Europe dumped here,” as even Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas claimed as recently as a month ago. “We are indigenous people.”