Orna, my mentor, friend and colleague got me this book
Home, or in hebrew habyta by assaf inbari.
the story of kibbutz, a dream created in Israel 100 years ago.
a dream of community, socialism, values, sufficing with little and even less.
i was swept away by the book and recommend it to anyone who:
- can read hebrew,
- has a kibbutz in their background,
- cares about creating communities
- willing to give up convenience for values
the book is great because:
- it blurs the lines between fiction and facts in a new and breathtaking way
- it tells the story of the great kibbutz initiative that helped create israel in a way that was never told
- it makes you think about what it takes to be a pioneer and entrepreneur. what you are willing to give up, how long it will last, and what does partnership really mean
some of my takeaways:
- i think i understand my grandfather yeshayahou, who started a kibbutz and bestowed me with many values, much better now. sorry, grandpa, that i ended up a capitalist and not a socialist, but i hope i still have some time to fix that
- any partnership, or common shared pool which is absolute, can exist, and beautifully so, but only for a relatively short time. years, a decade, not much more. the concept of ‘contribute what you can and take what you need’ can not last far beyond when the founders themselves change. definitely not beyond a generation, which i consider to be 15 years these days, unless the next generation also has a common set of values and needs, and can change from the original vision while staying together
- kids paid for their parents dreams, values and actions. paid dearly.
a good friend recently told me he wants to be my partner. ‘do you know what partnership means?’ he asked and answered:
you do all the work, we split the profits 50/50