Several hundred Christian Zionists from around the world contributed over $15,000 towards the reconstruction of the Dvash Kedumim honey factory after Palestinian thieves apparently severely damaged the farm and stole the business’s entire stock of award-winning honey just weeks before the Jewish new year.
During Rosh Hashanah, Jews customarily dip apples in honey to symbolically welcome a sweet new year.
“The efforts by these Christians send a powerful message: The Bible, and its message about a land flowing with milk and honey, is stronger than terrorism and can beat BDS,” said Rabbi Tuly Weisz, founder of Israel365, an Israeli non-profit that promotes the Biblical significance and physical beauty of Israel.
The funds, raised through an email campaign coordinated by Israel365, will replace the farm’s beehives, bolster security equipment and help support the Farbstein family who founded and run the honey business in Israel’s biblical heartland.
“Honey is all about God’s bounty,” said Yael Farbstein. “It isn’t anything I can control. Sometimes it is sweet and plentiful, and sometimes it is less so. Despite the losses, we are doing our part by increasing our efforts. We need to show them that we are here to stay.”
Last February, Farbstein’s honey company won first prize in the category of the International Multi-Floral Sourced Honeys at the esteemed Black Jar Honey Tasting Contest hosted annually in Asheville, North Carolina by the Center for Honeybee Research.