A Life of Dairy and Davening

Bill Berman is an anomaly among South Florida’s dairymen, few of whom start their day putting on tefillin

By Tablet Magazine|May 21, 2012 7:00 AM


This piece was originally posted on June 7, 2011. Saturday night marks the start of Shavuot [1], and one way we celebrate is by enjoying all things dairy [2]. To learn more about the milk that is at the heart of this holiday, Tablet Magazine visited Bill Berman’s farm [3] in Okeechobee, Fla., which produces about 18,000 gallons of milk daily. Berman is an Orthodox Jew with deep roots in the cow business; his grandfather and great-grandfather were cattle dealers in Germany. In this audio slideshow, Berman takes us through a day on the farm, from morning prayers and a trip to the maternity barn, where about 20 calves are delivered each day, to a livestock auction and a minyan at the Palm Beach synagogue he attends.

Produced byAri Daniel Shapiro [4]. Photography by Amanda Kowalski [5].

Find this story online: https://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-life-and-religion/69340/frum-farmer