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The Detroit Jewish News, 1989-11-03

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hen our neighbors,
the Levys, moved in-
to our strictly urban
Mt. Cannel neighborhood, we
watched their ever-smiling
little daughter, Yardena, with
the black hair and black eyes,
as she grew up, played, went
to school, and gradually
emerged from childhood into
young womanhood.
The boys began to come
around, and one day we were
invited to a wedding.
Menachem, the groom, seem-
ed to be a very nice young
man, they were wed and the
couple went away.
Last week we went to visit
Yardena and Menachem and
their four children in their
home in the northern part of
the Golan Heights, a two-
hour drive from Haifa, but in
character and ambiance in-
finitely more remote from our
city streets and high-rise
buildings.
First, a word about the
Golan. ABout 9,500 Jews live
there, scattered in over 30
farm villages, kibbutzim and
one city, Katzrin, which con-
tains 2,800 inhabitants.
Menachem and Yardena
Mozes live in a little farm
moshav, Shaal by name, in-
habited by families with a
total of 70 children. It was
founded originally as a young
people's protest against the
U.N. resolution which iden-
tified. Zionism with racism.
This is not a kibbutz. Each
farmer has his own land, his
private home and makes his
own decisions, though
naturally there is a con-
siderable degree of
cooperation.
We felt guilty taking up

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their time, when the fields
and the livestock and the
many other farm chores need-
ed attention. But the couple
were so obviously proud of
their achievements that we
stayed on to reflect aprecia-
tion for their efforts.
Neither had ever been
farmers, but they were quick
and eager learners. Almost at
the outset, Menachem told us
that to succeed on a farm you
need strength, determina-
tion, patience — but above all,
a willing wife who can pull
with you — and Yardena's
characteristic broad smile
served as acknowledgement.
When they first came to
Shaal in 1980, they lived in a
mobile caravan, hastened to
plant apple trees, lived frugal-
ly, saved their money and ex-
panded slowly. Thday, they
harvest their Starking and
Golden Delicious and Granny
Smith apples, for which there
is a ready market.
Proudly they demonstrated
their computerized automatic
irrigation system, which
distributes measured quan-
tities of fertilizer with the
water. The orchards seemed
immense, but Menachem
assured us that he and
Yardena could handle all the
work themselves, except in
harvest season, when local
Druzes are called in. Yardena
drives the tractor as well,
when necessary.
The 180 sheep have a
faithful shepherd in their
14-year-old son, Ittamar,
when he is not in school. He
acquired his expertise at the
work beginning at the age of
8. Their cherry orchard also
has done well, and the Mozes
family is now putting in
hackberries and blueberries.
Their neighbors have gone in

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