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The SabraThe Creation of the New Jew$
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Oz Almog

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780520216426

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520216426.001.0001

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The Stamp of His Country's Landscape

The Stamp of His Country's Landscape

(p.160) Chapter 4 The Stamp of His Country's Landscape
The Sabra

Oz Almog

University of California Press

The mystification of the Israeli landscape was one of the principal threads from which the pioneer ethos was woven, and as with so many other aspects of the pioneer culture, the source for this was Jewish tradition. However, unlike Diaspora Jews, the Zionist immigrants' rapture with the landscape and construction of the ideal out of rock was not an expression of yearning for the land of the fathers and its sanctity. Rather, it was a mechanism for marking ownership (in the presence of rival residents) and, more important, a means for creating a new identity of being at home in a land that was foreign to most of them. This chapter discusses the following: the return to nature in pioneer culture, educating the Sabra to love the land, the myth of the Sabra scout, and the march.

Keywords:   Sabras, pioneer culture, land, Sabra scout, march

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