Photo Friday: Swing the Sickle, for the Harvest Is Ripe

Stand for Israel  |  May 27, 2022

Mount Scopus in Jerusalem in 1900
(Photo: Library of Congress)

“Swing the sickle,
    for the harvest is ripe.
Come, trample the grapes,
    for the winepress is full
    and the vats overflow—
so great is their wickedness!”

“Multitudes, multitudes
    in the valley of decision!
For the day of the Lord is near
    in the valley of decision.
The sun and moon will be darkened,
    and the stars no longer shine.
The Lord will roar from Zion
    and thunder from Jerusalem;
    the earth and the heavens will tremble.
But the Lord will be a refuge for his people,
    a stronghold for the people of Israel.”
(Joel 3:13-16)

In this photo taken at the turn of the century – the turn of the 19th century into the 20th, in the year 1900 – a settler in Jerusalem works the Holy Land of Israel atop Mount Scopus.

As the people of Israel prepare to celebrate Jerusalem Day (Yom Yerushalayim), let us rejoice that the Holy City still provides a refuge and stronghold for God’s people. Shabbat shalom, friends.


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