Kibbutz Ein Gedi, Israel – Oasis of Calm, an Introduction

An oasis is a fertile spot in the heart of a desert, where water is found. And one of the most exemplary versions of an oasis is the Dead Sea.

Bounded by three states (Jordan, Israel and Palestine), the dead sea is a salt lake that is also the lowest land elevation on earth. The Dead Sea is also one of the world’s first example of a health spa, built during the time of King Herod the Great.

The Dead Sea today is not just an oasis, but a tourist site, mineral extraction centre and health therapy retreat. It is also a place popular with the Kibbutz Movement.

The Kibbutz is a “rural community; a society dedicated to mutual aid and social justice; a socioeconomic system based on the principle of joint ownership of property, equality and cooperation of production, consumption and education; the fulfillment of the idea “from each according to his ability, to each according to his needs”; a home for those who have chosen it (source).”

Kibbutzs’ have grown from a single community in 1910 to close to 300 in 2000 with some 100,000 people living all across the Kibbutz.

One of the more well known Kibbutzs is the Kibbutz Ein Gedi, located at the southern border between Israel and Palestine.

Kibbutzs’ are an attempt to live a compassionate life with nature. In fact, the term “from each according to his ability, to each according to his needs” would not be out of place one would imagine. Like Communism, the kibbutz life seems very much linked to ideology just that one is loyal to Karl Marx the other to the Bilu movement.

The kibbutz today is however changing. Documentaries seem to suggest that the kibbutz style of communal living had started to give way to the modern family unit.

While this community still lives, even if in its dying days. Let’s enjoy some music from it.


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