Mizpe Hayamim is the realization of a vision and a continuous expression of the reciprocal relations between man and nature. It all began with the enterprise of Dr. Erich Jacob Yaroslavsky (Yaros), born in Rustenburg in 1892 to an enthusiastic Zionist family who originated from Germany.
Yaros immigrated to Palestine in 1920, accompanied by his wife and children. He settled in the Galilee and became renowned for his innovative treatments that cured many of the area's residents. One day, while walking with his family, he stopped at the foot of Mt. Canaan. He climbed the mountain by foot and stood at the top overlooking the valley and the Hula Lake, which glistened from afar. At that moment, he swore that one day he would erect a resort at that very spot, and it would be based on the principles of vegetarian cooking and herbal treatments.
Even today, Dr. Yaros' vision would be highly appreciated in light of the growing segment of the population seeking a more natural life style, consuming organic food and searching for a balance between body and soul. At that time, however, Yaros' dream was truly groundbreaking, and was even perceived by many as eccentric.
On the path to the realization of his vision, Yaros was met with administrative challenges, massacres, diseases and opposition. But, even a prolonged absence, to continue his study of homeopathy (natural medicine) and naturopathy (herbal medicine) in Germany did not make him give up on his dream.
In 1926, Yaros purchased the desired plot and began working the land. Throughout the years, and during his stay in Tel Aviv where his new homeopathic clinic began to flourish, he continued to regularly visit the Galilee and with the help of family and friends he worked the dry rocky soil, built terraces and planted fruit trees and plants.
In the autumn of 1966, approximately 40 years after he had purchased the land, construction began. Dr. Yaros believed that everyone could benefit from the serenity, divine beauty, breathtaking landscape, fresh air and special atmosphere of the place. He believed that the land's unique characteristics would constitute an inseparable part of the general healing process. The structure of the hotel, which was planned in cooperation with architect Yehezkel Rosenberg, began to take shape and when the resort was finally opened it included 12 guest rooms, a dining room, a drawing room, a kitchen and storerooms.
The doctor's meticulous reputation travelled far and guests began to arrive at Mizpe Hayamim, knowing that they would receive personal care and the best possible cure for their ailments. In its first years, smoking and television were prohibited, and the doctor's tendency to switch off the TV at exactly 22:00, even if it was in the middle of a show, was well-known.
In 1982, Mizpe Hayamim transferred to private ownership. After Dr. Yaros' death in 1984, at the age of 92, his successors deepened and expanded his life’s work. Faithful to the pioneer's path, they established the organic farm, considered one of the most diverse in the world, expanded the infrastructure and increased the number of rooms. They also established a dairy, a large spa, restaurants and shops and launched cultural and culinary events, thus turning Mizpe Hayamim into one of the most luxurious hotels in Israel – all while maintaining the equilibrium between man and nature.