21 The torrent Kishon swept them away, The raging torrent, the torrent Kishon. March on, my soul, with courage!
NA-khal kee-SHON g’-ra-FAM NA-khal k’-du-MEEM NA-khal kee-SHON tid-r’-KHEE naf-SHEE OZ
כא נַחַל קִישׁוֹן גְּרָפָם נַחַל קְדוּמִים נַחַל קִישׁוֹן תִּדְרְכִי נַפְשִׁי עֹז׃
5:21 The torrent Kishon swept them away
According to this verse, the Kishon river swept away Sisera’s army after it was defeated by the Israelites. Moshe Dayan, an important IDF general, loved the Land of Israel not only as his homeland, but also because it is the land of the Bible. In his book, “Living with the Bible,” Dayan wrote about the Kishon: “To one who was born in Israel, love of the homeland was not an abstraction. The Rose of Sharon and Mount Carmel were very real to me, as were the sweet-scented blossom and the hills whose paths I climbed. Yet this was not enough. I was not content only with the Israel I could see and touch. I also longed for the Israel of antiquity, the Israel of the ‘timeless verses’ and the ‘biblical names’, and I wanted to give tangibility to that too. I wished to see not only the river Kishon marking off the fields of Nahalal from those of neighboring Kfar Yehoshua; I wished also to visualize the biblical Kishon sweeping away the Canaanite chariot forces of Sisera.”