For several days now I have been reading stories about two great men. These men are not known to the general public but perhaps especially for this reason it is vital to write about them.
Rav Shimon Biton was 53. He grew up in Migdal HaEmek and was a member of Kibbutz Tirat Zvi. Wanting to affect social change, he moved to the city of Beit She’an where he served as head of the Darchei Eliyahu Beit Midrash. He was known in Beit She’an and the environs for his many classes and for his multitude of charitable projects. Every Pesach he would organize a large Seder for families who lacked the means to have a Seder of their own. After he passed away, a woman phoned and asked: “Every Shabbat he brought us challahs and wine. Where has he gone?”
These two rabbis did not look for recognition. For dozens of years they built their life’s everlasting work with faith and devotion, far away from the spotlight.
In their memory.