05_Man_w_Donkey_Samaria In lands with such ancient roots like Israel, one can see ancient traditions maintained even today, including the use of donkeys as pack animals.  Just as in the days of the patriarchs, donkeys are still loaded with goods and household necessities, such as groceries and wood.  The only difference is that the drivers seldom wear the heat-repelling robes of antiquity in favor of soccer jerseys and skinny jeans.