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      Audio: Tu B'Shvat: Growing Grapes with Eyes Heavenward

      Yehudah Leib Deutsch, New Yorker turned Israeli grape grower, mixes business with religion. Great results.
      2/10/2012, 11:12 AM

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      Though Yehudah Leib Deutsch was born in New York, he has always loved the outdoors. As a child, he looked forward to visiting his grandmother's farm.

      He considered becoming a forest ranger, or studying agriculture, but there was no place for a Torah Jew such as himself to study such things.

      After going into his father's business, then spending 12 years running his own business, Yehudah Leib realized that he was unsatisfied with his life choices.

      So he spent a month in Israel, searching out a town where he could work the land, but maintain his Torah standards. He found Moshav Yesodot on the last day of his trip.

      Yehudah Leib, his wife and six children made Aliyah, and he immediately started working the land, eventually choosing to grow grapes for wine.

      Self taught as a vintner, he grows a wide variety of excellent quality wine grapes and supplies various wineries in Jerusalem and around the country.

      Tune in to hear Yehudah Leib tell the difference between raising crops in the Land of Israel and in any other part of the world,

      how growing grapes differs from raising children, and how farming draws a person closer to Hashem.

      A spiritual show which makes you long to plant a tree and care for it yourself!

      Yehudah Leib Deutsch farming in Moshav Yesodot. Photo courtasy of Yehudah Leib Deutsch, republished in Ain Magazine.

      Yehudah Leib Deutsch in tractor on Moshav Yesodot. Photo courtasy of Yehudah Leib Deutsch, republished in Ain Magazine.

      Judy Simon is the host of the show Life Lessons and the mother of six children. After almost 20 years of teaching English and special education, Judy now serves as the Beit El Tourism Coordinator, and organizes tours of the site of Jacob's Dream in Beit El. Check out Beit El's website: www.bet-el.muni.il/tour_english.asp and "like" the Beit El Heritage Center Facebook page: www.facebook.com/beitel.heritage.center To "like" the Hebrew page: www.facebook.com/jacobs.dream Life Lessons explores fascinating people from all walks of life and follows their stories of lessons learned along the way. The Life Lessons podcast airs every Thursday from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Israel time on Israel National Radio.
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