Yishayi Belkind was born in Rishon Le Zion. He studied at the local elementary school ("Haviv") and in "Kiryat Sefer" which was founded in Shfeya by his uncle, Israel Belkind and in the Ben Shemen school established for the Kishinev orphans that Israel Belkind brought to the country. When he completed his studies he joined the work force on the family farm and planted out vineyards on the land received from PICA in Beth Dagon.
Before World War I he went to Australia where, with the outbreak of war, he volunteered for the Australian army and fought in Europe and in France he was affected by poisonous gases and spent several months in hospitals in England. When he recuperated he returned to Rishon Le Zion and to the work on the family farm as well as becoming involved in public activity. He was appointed by the mandatory government to organize a population count in the village.
With the outbreak of the 1921 Arab uprising a local police force was established in the village and Yishay became a mounted policeman and head of the local police force as well as being a member of the Hagana committee. In 1927, being an agricultural expert, he was chosen to manage the establishment of the villages of Gan Hayim and Gan Asher near Kfar Saba and for a period of six years he lived in Gan Hayim. When he returned to Rishon Le-Zion he took over the management of the "Naaman" family cinema and worked there as a mechanic and cameraman, a job he continued for thirty years. From 1960 onwards and until he was over 80 he worked with bees and set up many honey producing hives.