Ear of grain in the field, bowed in the wind
from the weight of its seed, which is great…
Arise, o arise,
look, children of the villages.
The tall grain has already ripened
in the meadows.
Harvest, extend the scythe –
it’s time for the beginning of the harvest.
-- “Shibolet Basadeh” (“Ear of Grain in the Field”) Israeli folk song
In the mid-1940s, two kibbutznikim (kibbutz dwellers), both pioneers who immigrated from eastern Europe 20 years earlier collaborated to create a new Jewish holiday specifically for agricultural settlers who were bringing the Jewish... Read More