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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 singalongs, their adoption of Arab accessories, their slang and 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. Oz Almog's lively, methodical, and convincing portrayal of the Sabras addresses their lives, thought, and role in Jewish history. The most comprehensive study of this exceptional generation to date, "The Sabra" provides 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. Almog's source material is rich and varied: he uses 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. In any event, the Sabra remained central to the founding myth of the nation, the real Israeli, against whom later generations will be judged. Almog's pioneering book juxtaposes the myths against the realities and, in the process, limns a collective profile that brilliantly encompasses the complex forces that shaped this remarkable generation.
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Studio: University of California Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.28" Width: 6.37" Height: 1.11" Weight: 1.55 lbs.
Release Date Nov 28, 2000
Publisher University of California Press
ISBN 0520216423 ISBN13 9780520216426
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More About Oz Almog & Haim Watzman
Oz Almog is a senior lecturer in sociology at Emek Yezreel College, Israel. He is the author of The Linguistic Culture of the Kibbutz Youth (1993).
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If you will it, it is no dream Sep 29, 2008
In The Sabra: The Creation of the New Jew, Oz Almog takes the prevalent notion that Zionism created a new kind of Jew in Palestine and the State of Israel and turns it on its ear. Using the first generation of native born Palestinian Jews as his example, the Sabra of the title, Almog presents a very convincing case that the Zionism of the Sabra was less a departure and disruption of the past expressions of Rabbinical Judiasm, and more a remolding of the past to fit the present. This makes a great deal of conventional sense. Revolutionary movements like Zionism often present themselves as radical departures from the past when in actuality they pick and choose what suits the movement. For Almog, this makes the Zionism of the Sabra a new type of secular, nationalistic religion. Although he may take this to an extreme in certain places, using religious terms freely for a strictly secular, nationalist movement, the underlying premise is convincing. The Sabras in this study come across as stalwart devotee of a new faith. Here, religious Judaism has not so much ceased as been poured into a new mold.