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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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Monks in Khaki

Monks in Khaki

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(p.209) Chapter 6 Monks in Khaki
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The Sabra
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Oz Almog

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520216426.003.0007

One of the things that stands out in old photographs of kibbutz teenagers, members of the pioneer youth movements, and Palmach soldiers is their simple and uniform dress. They all wore dark work pants or faded khaki shorts with plain, heavy dark or gray shirts hanging carelessly over the pants; as often as not, the boys would be bare-chested or in a loose undershirt. The uniform look of the Sabras in the different youth organizations, the proletarian dress even on formal occasions, the emphasis and even flaunting of simplicity all indicate that this way of dressing was part of a cultural style and served as a group status symbol. Like other characteristics of the Sabra, the style was the outward manifestation of a value system—an ascetic code. This chapter discusses the following: austerity in pioneer and Sabra culture, asceticism as a style, hagshama youth versus salon youth, avoiding etiquette, asceticism and military culture, and sexual puritanism.

Keywords:   Sabras, youths, asceticism, austerity, hagshama, salon, military culture, sexual puritanism

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