Rachel and David Menkin live in Moshav Kedumim. They raised five children and have 11 grandchildren. David’s uncle, Rav Moshe-Zvi Neriah (nee Menkin), founded Yeshivot Bnei Akiva, beginning with Yeshivat Kfar Haroeh, where David studied.
David is a decorated war hero of the Yom Kippur War, having served on both the Syrian and Egyptian fronts. Along with Avigdor Kahalani, he lectures new IDF conscripts each year, sharing stories of heroism and sacrifice.
Cultivating the Land of Israel is a beloved hobby for David, who takes great pride in having planted the first vineyard in the Shomron in the modern era, in fulfillment of a prophesy by Jeremiah. His vineyard is named for a Sefer written by his grandfather in Russia, which was smuggled out of the country, published in pre-state Palestine and sold to raise money to bring the family to Eretz Yisrael.
A short time before our visit, David suffered a stroke that paralyzed half his face and slurred his speech. But as is evident in these videos, nothing could dampen his characteristic energy and determination as he shared his remarkable and inspiring story.