Psalms 61:4
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4  For You have been my refuge, a tower of strength against the enemy.

kee ha-YEE-ta makh-SEH LEE mig-dal OZ mi-p’-NAY o-YAYV

ד  כִּי־הָיִיתָ מַחְסֶה לִי מִגְדַּל־עֹז מִפְּנֵי אוֹיֵב׃

 61:4   Tower of strength

In the early period of Zionism, Jews sought to build up the Land of Israel, setting up agricultural settlements and hoping to live in peace with their neighbors in the Holy Land. In 1927, a group of Jews formed an association, purchased a plot of land south of Beit Lechem, settled there and called their new community Migdal Eder, the name of a biblical-era place in the same area which Yaakov passed on his journeys through the land. Unfortunately, during the Arab riots in 1929, the settlement was destroyed. Fifty years later, a new kibbutz (collective agricultural community) was established on the same site. It was given a similar name to its predecessor, which was taken from this verse in Psalm 61, in which David describes Hashem as his migdal oz, ‘tower of strength,’ against his enemies. Today, Migdal Oz has grown substantially. The main agricultural pursuits of this religious kibbutz include turkey coops, a dairy, fruit orchards and olive farming. In addition, it hosts a women’s seminary for advanced Torah study.

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  • In you ole Lord I find my peace and my refuge. In you ole Lord I find my Salvation and my peace. You are my strength in the face of thine enemy.You have given me thy land and i have tilled it and it has bared grain and fruit under you Blessings. There were times that we held this land. There were times that in our arrogance we had lost our land. We however have always known in our hearts you would never forsake us ole Lord they God. Someday we would come home once again.

    David calls out to God as being his refuge. David's great and powerful tower of strength. which his enemies have no power to fight against. Today that land were the kibbutz upon its land has grown supports a great and widely known women’s seminary for advanced Torah study. Which is indeed a wonderful and progressive sign of the times of today's Israel. Nevertheless being an area of rich farming, and dairy and fruit tree production. God my friends is indeed Great & Most Good. Carl

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