Photo Friday: Your Flocks

Stand for Israel  |  March 17, 2023

A mother goat and her kid, part of the flock of an olim family in Israel, 1950
(Photo: David Eldan/GPO)

“Be sure you know the condition of your flocks,
    give careful attention to your herds;
for riches do not endure forever,
    and a crown is not secure for all generations.
When the hay is removed and new growth appears
    and the grass from the hills is gathered in,
the lambs will provide you with clothing,
    and the goats with the price of a field.
You will have plenty of goats’ milk to feed your family
    and to nourish your female servants.”
(Proverbs 27:23-27)

This photo, taken during the early days of the modern state of Israel, shows the humble flock of an olim (immigrant) family at Betzet, a moshav (farming community) in the Galilee.

As the Jewish people cared for the land promised to them, they surely heeded the Bible’s words, knowing the condition of their flocks and carefully tending their herds. Each olim family was given one goat and 50 chickens, so this mother and her kid nicely illustrate the multiplication of God’s blessings!

Shabbat shalom, friends.

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