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Part 2: Inventing Our Life examines the kibbutz movement at 100 years old, facing a rocky past and a promising future

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The documentary Inventing Our Life: The Kibbutz Experiment looks at the kibbutz movement at 100. In Tablet Magazine’s second installment of the work in progress, filmmaker Toby Perl Freilich looks at the birth of kibbutzim and their service to the struggling, nascent Jewish state.

SEE PART 1: Toby Perl Freilich introduces Inventing Our Life

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Yaakov Hillel says:

I live in Kibbutz most my life and I am sorry to say that the Idea was important 100 years ago, and may have laid the foundations of the state of israel. but over the years the grand children and great grand children of the Ideological settlers have proved to be just plain human beings and not superhuman which is the reason that many kibbutzim especially those thought most successful have fallen, many members in the end have become corrupt when they were put to the test of running the Kibbutz accounts. Most of the Kibbutzim do not live off agriculture, mainly small industries. and even fewer high tech. Most the kibbutzim have gone over to -each person resonsible for his own account and nothing in those kibbutzim are for free. Other Kibbutzim have gone over to differential salaries according to the position they hold in thwe kibbutz. Meaning a person spending his day in a soft chairmans seat in an air conditioned room will be making twice what his neighbor is making sweating in a large room with another thirty workers ending their day on four in 38 degree centigrade or 100 degree fahrenheit temperatures in the summer and below 0 degree centigrade in the winter that by mid day does not feel his fingers. Each person is charged out for exactly what he eats byputting his credit card through the register. Many old people who are afraid that the pittance they recieve will not help them on a rainy day generally starve themselve after giving 50 years of hard work to the kibbutz. Once a dream today for some a tragedy. The Kibbutz has lost its democratic way of life. In many Kibbutzim the life is in the hands of different Mafis. If your born into the right mafia you are lucky if not you probably will leave the kibbutz if you have the guts to do so.

bev jaffe says:

i live on a kibbutz in the north and made aliyah with my husband and 2 small children 2 years agofrom South Africa.We are currently renting on kibbutz,and within 2 days hope to become members.We love life here,its great for the children,in fact paradise.i never thought we could ever become members,but the opportunity arose and we jumped for it.Yes u have to pay your way for everything,but as i ,and i am sure the rest of the world knows…nothing comes free,except when u see the kids riding bikes at 10 at night,and coming home from school without a chaperone..u know its worth every penny.yes its different to the old socialist way..but as with everything,,even kibbutzim had to change…
U now belong to a community of people who look out for each other,and your children,and they can live with the knowledge that they have a safe home,and sense of belonging as jews,,the world has become so anti semitic,and here u dont have to feel different,u dont have to prove your jewishness,and here u have all the amenities,u dont have to pull the car out for any reason,everything is right on your doorstep…so yes,,i seriously dont mind paying for my piece of mind..and i hope kibbutzim last for many generations to come.Bizrat Hashem.

Paul Freedman says:

But what happens if you lose your job? Then what is membership?

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