The kibbutz, an agricultural settlement in which all property is owned in common, is a socialist-Zionist institution that has fascinated both Jews and non-Jews.
The kibbutz developed into the most respected institution of Labor Zionism, representing its ideology in practice.
It was meant to serve as a model for a future society, with its emphasis on gender and economic equality and the value of hard labor.
In the early days of the state, Kibbutz members were widely admired. But economic realities came to threaten the institution’s future.
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