When last I visited the old home after many years’ absence, what a surprise awaited me. I came to Petach Tikvah and was lost. The old landmarks had disappeared, everywhere stood houses with little gardens, back and front, the streets were lined with trees, the houses themselves were built in a different style, they were more modern and European, with large sunny rooms, glass doors opening into the porch, and beautifully inlaid floors. These were built by newcomers from Russia, who had money to start with, and did not spare it on their houses, but spent it on adorning them in artistic though simple fashion. The old settlers, who could do so, naturally followed suit, and one thing leading to another, the aspect of the place changed. In some cases the parents had died and never saw it in its real beauty. In others, the original colonizers are still living, 117and shall yet, please God, rejoice in the fruit of their toil, in the reward of their unquenchable faith.