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March

Chalúts, pl. chalutsím 'Zionist pioneer'


'With his khaki shorts, grimy sandals, tousled hair and splendid moustache, he looked every inch a chaluts...'

Some would argue that the chaluts has passed into Zionist history. There are no more malarial swamps, marauding beduin, hostile authorities... But some, seeing two adults and five children in a tiny caravan on a barren windswept mountain with no central heating, car, or clothes drier, would say, 'These are today's chalutsim.'

Chalutsism is not sacrifice but fulfilment.   It is the marriage of innermost, subjective strivings and objective values.
    The chaluts is an 'Individualist'.   His act satisfies his very own, basic drives for a new life.
    The chaluts is the socialist (commune-man) par excellence. nbsp; He wants the commune, because without it he could not be an individual; for only within the commune can the 'new life' flower, among humans and not merely within them.

A Zionist manifesto of 1923


By kind permission of Oxford University Press,
publishers of The Joys of Hebrew by Lewis Glinert.



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