Almond Orchard Grows at Ma’ale Michmas

Our readers will recall that in 1997, six months after the death of Elmer Josephson (Bible Light’s founder), we began an almond orchard in his name at Michmas, a city he had part in naming. There has been a problem of wild deer eating the young saplings. Now, thanks to a generous friend on our mailing list, there is a strong fence around the orchard. There is still space available to plant trees in memory, or in honor, of a relative or friend – or simply because you want to plant one for yourself. We send a lovely certificate suitable for framing and Michmas is given a list of the names of those contributing. At the present many are planting in memory/honor of Israel’s first astronaut who lost his life on the Columbia Space Shuttle. Ilan Ramon had requested (while orbiting the earth and viewing Israel) that 13 or 14 million more trees be planted in Israel this year.

Ma’ale Michmas means “from the heights, hidden treasure” and Michmas is found in the Scripture, especially I Samuel 13.


The Secretary of Ma’ale Michmas, Sarah Sarel, holding one of the almond trees which is now bearing fruit on what once was desolate land before this Jewish village was established.