Stories of Self, Occupation, and Refugees
I was sitting on a rooftop soaking in the Kol Nidre service that marks the beginning of the journey into the Yom Kippur fast. When we atone, we do it on behalf of the collective. The rooftop overlooks an all business area of Tel Aviv. As I leaned on the edge of the roof and looked down on the entirely empty streets I began to wonder what this place would look like if Yom Kippur were considered an important family day, but only a small minority were to keep the cultural/religious traditions. It would look something like Christmas in North America. Maybe I am just stuck in my North American perspective? Maybe I have to shed that view in order to see this place? Forward.
A mini-essay that I wrote for my Radical and Revolutionary forms of Education class.
In Youth Takes the Lead: The Inception of Jewish Youth Movements in Europe, Zvi Lamm describes the educational underpinnings that led to the Kibbutz Movement’s pedagogical approach. Early in the twentieth century a new perspective on what it meant to be youth began to develop. This perspective tore away the previous paradigm which held that youth were in a “tiresome stage of transition.” (Lamm, 15) Instead, young people began to understand this period as a life stage that was equal to, if not more important than, adulthood.