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Planting Vineyards with HaYovel in Har Bracha, Samaria

Rabbi Tuly Weisz and Donna Jolay, Director of Christian Relations, joined HaYovel planting trees in Har Bracha in Samaria, February 12, 2017. (Photo: Israel365)

In honor of Tu B’Shvat– the Jewish New Year of trees, Israel365 partnered with a wonderful organization called HaYovel, a non-profit organization that brings Christian volunteers from all over the world to serve and assist Jewish farmers in Israel, to plant some 2,000 vines in the plains of Har Bracha.

Thanks to the generosity of our friends and donors, we at Israel365 collected thousands of dollars earmarked for planting vines and trees in the Biblical Heartland of Judea and Samaria. It was only fitting that we partnered with HaYovel for this February 12th event.  

The historic planting took place in the Jewish settlement of Har Bracha located on Mount Greizim in Samaria. Har Bracha is first mentioned in the book of Deuteronomy:

And it shall come to pass, when Hashem thy God shall bring thee into the land whither thou goest to possess it, that thou shalt set the blessing upon mount Gerizim, and the curse upon mount Ebal” (Deuteronomy 11:29).

Donna Jolay, Director of Christian Relations at Israel365, plants a tree in Har Bracha in Samaria.

We worked under the supervision of Erez Ben Sa’adon, a Jewish farmer, winemaker and self-proclaimed “Lover of the Land” whose true passion is working the Land of Israel with his own two hands. The vines which we helped to plant will soon produce grapes which will be transformed into delicious wine which has been awarded numerous accolades in various competitions across Israel.

Planting these grapevines was an awesome experience in which we were able to participate in the rejuvenation of the Land. Rabbi Tuly, along with staff of Israel365 and the volunteers of HaYovel were able to witness firsthand the fulfillment of the Biblical prophecy of Jeremiah:

“Again shalt thou plant vineyards upon the mountains of Shomron; the planters shall plant, and shall have the use thereof.” (Jeremiah 31:4).

Thanks to your generous support, Erez was able to expand and strengthen his flourishing vineyards. These actions are no doubt the materialization of the prophetic restoration of the Land of Israel happening in front of our very eyes!

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