What is a Kibbutz? In what way is it different from a normal village?
|my father in law on the tractor|
|in the baby-house|
If someone wanted to study something the community had to agree and they mostly decided what was worth studying- what was helpful for the community.
Today things are different. In the last 10 years things changed quite a bit.
People get now their salary- means if you earn more you have more. Still you pay taxes to the Kibbutz. People own cars today- something unthinkable 10 years ago- where all cars belonged to the Kibbutz (kind of car-pool) and you had to sign up if you needed one for a trip. You pay now for all kinds of services that were free before- the communal laundry, the meals in the dining-room, the education and day-care for the kids, drinks in the pub, you need to pay electricity, gas and soon also water.
The houses still belong to the Kibbutz- even if you were aloud to build from your own money additions or renovations. There's still a list if you need a bigger apartment- depending on your status in the Kibbutz. It will take a while and we most probably will go through many more fights and meetings until the houses will be privately owned.
Still we are a community though. We are members and have benefits that non-members not have. Still things are decided together- you vote for or against important issues. Still we celebrate most of the holidays together.
I could not have lived in the Kibbutz of the past but I am quite happy in the Kibbutz of today.
More details about the different parts/ sectors of the Kibbutz will follow.
Here you can find part 1 and 2 of the series:
part 1: The beginning
part 2: Dalyiat-el-Ruha
part 4: The Dance-Festival