The Wheat Grows Again

Stand for Israel  |  December 4, 2019

Kibbutz Beit HaShita, 1950
Kibbutz Beit HaShita, 1950

On this day in 1928, Jews in the Holy Land founded a kibbutz (a collective farming community) in northern Israel and named it after the biblical town of Beit HaShita (Hebrew for “House of the Acacia”), where Gideon defeated the Midianites (see Judges 7).

But in 1973, Beit HaShita would become known for war yet again. You see, during the Yom Kippur War, Beit HaShita lost more soldiers per capita than anywhere else in Israel. To remember the 11 men lost from the kibbutz, the above song, “The Wheat Grows Again,” was written. And to this day, Yom Kippur, the solemn Day of Atonement for the Jewish people, is still a day of mourning for those who were lost defending God’s land and His people.

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