Boaz Ido, who lives with his wife and family in the nearby community of Alon, always loved walking through the olive groves, and it pained him to see the once-beautiful trees destroyed. As a devout man of G-d, he was also keenly aware of the Torah's teaching against cutting down trees.
With the blessing of the community, Boaz took upon himself the mission of replanting the olive
grove and making it flourish again. He sought counsel from the Israeli Ministry of Agriculture, and they advised him to cut down the old, non-fruit-bearing trees and start from scratch with new saplings.
Boaz responded: "I'm not going to make the same mistake that was made 35 years ago. G-d will
decide what to do with them - whether or not they will bear fruit - but I will not cut them down."
So, he planted new saplings alongside the old trees and tended to both with care and diligence.
Then the miracle happened. The old trees started to bloom. Within just a few months, they were
fresh and revitalized. And the following year, they bore fruit! The government adviser had told Boaz that the old olive trees would take at least 3 years to bear fruit, if at all. Now G-d was doing wonders before everyone's eyes!
Boaz' olive trees continue to thrive, and he gives all the praise to G-d. At Lev Haolam, we're proud to work with Boaz' company - Carma Olive Oil, and our supporters always tell us how delighted they are when we include his products in our packages.