A kibbutz (
Hebrew: קִבּוּץ / קיבוץ, lit. "gathering, clustering"; plural: kibbutzimקִבּוּצִים / קיבוצים) is a
collective community in
Israel that was traditionally based on
agriculture. The first kibbutz, established in 1909, was
Degania. Today, farming has been partly supplanted by other economic branches, including
industrial plants and
high-techenterprises. Kibbutzim began as
utopian communities, a combination of
Zionism. In recent decades, some kibbutzim have been privatized and changes have been made in the communal lifestyle. A member of a kibbutz is called a kibbutznik (
Hebrew: קִבּוּצְנִיק / קיבוצניק; plural kibbutznikim or kibbutzniks).
In 2010, there were 270 kibbutzim in Israel. Their factories and farms account for 9% of Israel's industrial output, worth US$8 billion, and 40% of its agricultural output, worth over $1.7 billion. Some kibbutzim had also developed substantial high-tech and military industries. For example, in 2010,
Kibbutz Sasa, containing some 200 members, generated $850 million in annual revenue from its military-plastics industry. (Full article...)
Image 14Dead Tree in Sea of Life is an installation artwork from 2017 by Amiram Dora, a travel guide from the nearby city
Arad. The work consists of a tree planted on a salt pile in the Dead Sea. The purpose of the work is to show that as opposed to its common name, the Dead Sea is actually a place of rich tourist activity, healing and relaxation.
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Topol in 1971
Chaim Topol (
Hebrew: חיים טופול; born September 9, 1935), also spelled Haym Topol,
mononymously known as Topol, is an
Israeli actor, singer, comedian, voice artist, film producer, author, and illustrator. He is best known for his portrayal of
Tevye the Dairyman, the lead role in the musical Fiddler on the Roof, on both stage and screen, having performed this role more than 3,500 times in shows and revivals from the late 1960s through 2009.
Image 4Illustration for the Song of Songs. Along with the
Book of Esther, the ancient poem is an example of an ancient Israeli literature with no mention of God, and is traditionally read as an allegory of the relationship between God and Israel (from Culture of Israel)
Palestinian Authority cancels a planned vaccine exchange with
Israel involving at least one million doses of the
Pfizer vaccine, saying the first batch of doses Israel was going to send were near expiration. The swap was previously announced earlier in the day.
At least 17
Palestinians are injured and 10 arrested after the
Al-Aqsa Mosque to break up a rally held in response to videos of far-right marchers insulting the Islamic prophet
Muhammad during the
Dance of Flags on Tuesday. A further 47 are injured when the IDF fired tear gas and rubber bullets at demostrators near
Beita in the occupied
West Bank protesting the recent establishment of a military outpost near the town.