Our Adopted Settlement
“Ma’ale” means “From the Heights.” “Michmas” means “Hidden Treasure”. The full name takes on the meaning of the “Hidden Treasures of the Most High.” “Most High” in scripture is the name Gentiles usually say for the one God – the God of Israel. The Most High referes to HaShem – the sacred Name.
The road to Ma’ale Michmas leads from northern Jerusalem suburbs, then away to the east from Ramallah, winding up into the stony hills to an isolated mountaintop overlooking Jerusalem about 15 miles away. The settlement began about 18 years ago and most of the inhabitants work in Jerusalem.
Surrounding the village are brown, rocky hills “skipping like rams” the Psalmist said. But there are no fertile farmlands or anything to attract one to the area, except the settlement itself, established by Bible believing, brave Jewish settlers who carry on their lives in faith daily – as though there were no danger.
The Bible Light orchard is established and maintained by interested friends who purchase almond trees in memory or in honor of friends and loved ones. It lies at the very entrance of the settlement. I like to think of it as part of the “security” on guard of the settlement. The sign designating it quotes Psalm 91:1, “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” The orchard now needs a fence to protect the young trees from wild animals.
We consider Ma’ale Michmas (often shortened to Michmas) our adopted settlement. Gifts to this project through Bible Light are most welcome and a tax deductible receipt is given to contributors. -