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The Sabra

Oz Almog

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 2000 | ISBN: 9780520216426
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520921979 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520216426.001.0001
The Sabra

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The Sabras were the first Israelis—the first generation, born in the 1930s and 1940s, to grow up in the Zionist settlement in Palestine. Socialized and educated in the ethos of the Zionist labor movement and the communal ideals of the kibbutz and moshav, they turned the dream of their pioneer forebears into the reality of the new State of Israel. While the Sabras made up a small minority of the new society's population, their cultural influence was enormous. Their ideals, their love of the land, their recreational culture of bonfires and sing-alongs, their adoption of Arab accessories, their slang, and their gruff, straightforward manner, together with a reserved, almost puritanical attitude toward individual relationships, came to signify the cultural fulfillment of the utopian ideal of a new Jew. This book addresses their lives, thought, and role in Jewish history, providing a complex and unflinching analysis of accepted norms and an impressive appraisal of the Sabra, one that any examination of new Israeli reality must take into consideration. The Sabras became Palmach commanders, soldiers in the British Brigade, and, later, officers in the Israel Defense Forces. They served as a source of inspiration and an object of emulation for an entire society. This volume includes poems, letters, youth movement and army newsletters, and much more to portray the Sabras' attitudes toward the Arabs, war, nature, work, agriculture, cooperation, and education. The Sabra remained central to the founding myth of the nation, the real Israeli, against whom later generations will be judged.

Keywords: Sabras; Israelis; Zionist settlement; Palestine; kibbutz; moshav; State of Israel; new Jew; Palmach commanders; British Brigade

Book.  328 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies

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