Israel Tour Guide – How to get rid of the bothersome tax-collector
בולענים, מעיינות וגובי מיסים – סיפורי סבתה
A Dolina is a small dale or valley usually with no exit.
The rainwater and run-off from the higher areas collect at the bottom of this mini-valley and either forms a lake or forms a winter pond.
The exception to this is when the water finds and uses a natural fault, or forms a Karst/Carst cave to drain this valley – this is called a sink-hole.
The water then travels along or through the rock layers until it exits the earth – usually as a spring.
The Sasa Dolina (road 899 – near Kibbutz Sasa) with it’s sinkhole called the Pa’ar Cave, in the north of Israel, is one such example, collecting the rainfall of the Pa’ar stream and surrounding mountains and forcing it to exit this valley through the sinkhole and enter an “underground river” until the water pops out of the ground some 30 miles away
The spring in the center of the Druze village of Peki’in – not too far away is an example of the exit for such water into the village square and used in the past for drinking, watering the sheep and bathing. The square and spring were the main motive on the old Israeli 100 Shekel bill.
Some 200 years ago two of Peki’ins’ prominent citizens were sitting and having coffee at the spring and discussing the problem of the bothersome Turkish/Ottoman tax collector and finally came upon a good solution.
The next time the tax-collector came to the village they captured him, stuffed him in a big sack, loaded the sack onto a donkey and took him to the sinkhole. Arriving after a steep climb they dumped the sack into the sinkhole and wished the collector bon-voyage.
Sometime later, after arriving back in the village after happily solving their problems, they returned to the village square to resume their favorite past-time and to brag about this to their friends.
How surprised they must have been when two cups of coffee later, suddenly, the tax-collector popped out of the spring…
Peki’in is more than just this tale. It is a village that has much more to offer. Want to see it yourself? Join me, your tour guide Israel, on one of my tours and I will show you more and tell you more tall-tales like this one.