kibbutznik

My heroine, my soul mate, my darling grandmother.

She is a Holocaust survivor, originally from Romania. She endured incredible hardships, including nearly being sold to Russian soldiers as a sex slave, having to sell her hair at the side of the road, and watching her father get beaten to death. After the war, she and her surviving family members went to Israel, where she met my grandfather. He survived Bergen Belsen. Most of his family perished in other camps. One of his brothers left Poland, however, for pre-state Israel in the 1920s, where he became a pioneer of the kibbutz movement. My grandfather joined his kibbutznik brother before falling in love with my grandmother while passing by her house in Haifa. She was hanging up clean laundry on a clothesline. He ran to her neighbour and asked, ‘Who’s that girl? I’m going to marry her.’ And he did.

"Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement."

- Golda Meir, was a teacher, kibbutznik and politician who became the fourth Prime Minister of the State of Israel.

Where do Americans come by the sheer gall of demanding sanctions on all Israelis when they themselves have never been subjected to sanctions for the crimes of our government? After all, if every Israeli including old socialist kibbutzniks, school kids, and opponents of the occupation, deserve to pay a personal price for an occupation they may not support, shouldn’t all Americans pay a price for American crimes that Israel could not match in a hundred years?

Start with the Iraq war, a war engineered by American politicians and their neocon cheerleaders that killed (in addition to almost 5,000 Americans) at least 500,000 Iraqis. Then there is Afghanistan which, thanks to our glorious efforts (read Charlie Wilson’s War) fell to the mujahedin and ultimately the Taliban and which is now a killing field where American drones kill whoever we suspect is allied with the crazed religious extremists we helped install there. And, of course, there was Vietnam. where the U.S. was responsible for millions of dead. And the coups we engineered in Iran, Chile and Guatemala and the death squads we supported in El Salvador. There was the Nixon administration’s enthusiastic support for the Pakistani slaughter of hundreds of thousands in, what is now, Bangladesh.

I could go on and on. But I won’t because you get the point.

And the point is this: Who are we to support punishing all Israelis for the crimes of their government when we ourselves are equally complicit in the crimes of ours?

Kibbutzniks who fled Hitler welcome 100th great-grandchild.

“This is our answer to Hitler, damn him,” said Michael Mittwoch. “He tried to wipe us out and here we have brought the 100th great-grandchild into the Covenant of Abraham.”

Despite the recent stormy and cold weather, a piece of joyous news warmed the hearts of the residents of Kibbutz Lavi in the Lower Galilee this week. The Mittwochs, Michael, 92, and Marion, 90, two of the founders of the kibbutz, celebrated the birth of a new great-grandchild – their 100th.

The couple had five children – Hadassah, the widow of the late Rabbi Menachem Froman of Tekoa; a second daughter who lives in Kiryat Shmona; a son, Eli Ori, who lives in Shilo and is the grandfather of the 100th great-grandson; a second son, a professor of astrophysics at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology who lives in Mitzpe Netofa in the Galilee; and a third daughter, who is the principal of a school in Gush Etzion for children with special needs.

On Tuesday, Eli and his wife, Ofra, arrived at the kibbutz with their son, Gadi, his wife, Noa, and their five children to present the 100th great-grandchild to great-grandfather Michael and great-grandmother Marion. The boy was given the name Dagan Raz, after the late Major Dr. Dagan Wertman, 32, a Golani Brigade doctor who was at officers’ school with Gadi and was killed during Operation Cast Lead.

Gadi, the happy father and Michael and Marion’s grandson, lives with his family in Ofra. “Dagan Raz is our fifth child, and it’s amazing that our grandfather has raised such a magnificent family,” he said.

“This is our answer to Hitler, damn him,” said Michael, the great-grandfather. “He tried to wipe us out and here we have brought the 100th great-grandchild into the Covenant of Abraham.”

“It’s not just the number,” added great-grandmother Marion. “All the children and grandchildren live in Israel and everyone wants to contribute to the country. We feel we have established a really big tribe.”

“This is the essence of Zionism,” concluded their son, Eli. “Mom and Dad underwent severe hardships early on in their lives. They established a kibbutz and today we are all proud of their 100th great-grandchild.”

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stupidjewishwhiteboy proposed Indian Jews for the next Meet The Jews photoset, and therefore…

Carmit Delman, author

Solomon Sopher, community leader

Eli Ben-Menachem, Israeli politician

Liutenant-General JFR Jacob, Indian general

Liel Kolet, singer

Esther David, author and artist

Nissim Ezekiel, poet, critic

Gerry Judah, artist

Ruby Daniel…what didn’t this woman do? She was the first Jewish woman in the Indian armed forces, wrote a book, was an ethnographer, made aliyah in 1951 and was a kibbutznik.