Toporovsky’s Wonder Plow Courtesy of Rishon Letzion Museum
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Toporovsky’s Wonder Plow

The incredible contribution of an early Zionist pioneer would be all but forgotten if not for a single letter

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The elders of Rishon Letzion still remember the otherwise all-but-forgotten Yitzhak Lieb Toporovsky (1866-1938), who revolutionized the traditional wooden plow used in the Holy Land from time immemorial. Even the name of his great-grandson, Boaz Toporovsky, today a Member of Knesset with the “Blue and White” party, means little to most Israelis, who know next to nothing about this humble man whose physical prowess made him a legend. Yitzhak Lieb Toporovsky (Photo courtesy of the Rishon Letzion Museum) A religious Jew from Yekaterinoslav (today’s Dnipro) in Ukraine, Toporovsky started working from early age in a local…

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