A History of Dror

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A HISTORY OF DROR C 0 N T E N T S Chapter I: A Background of Youth Movements What is a Movement ...........ã.......... The Jewish Youth Movement .............. . Chapter II:The Origins of Our Movement Dror-Hamachanot Ha'Olim ................ . Dror Olamit ............................ . Chapter III: Fundamentals of Our Ideology Jewish Nationalism ........ã............. Chalutziut ............................. . Jewish Self Defense .................
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  A HISTORY OF DROR  C 0 N T E N T S Chapter I: A Background of Youth Movements What is a Movement ...........ã.......... The Jewish Youth Movement .............. . Chapter II:The Origins of Our Movement Dror-HamachanotHa'Olim ................ . Dror Olamit ............................ Chapter III: Fundamentals of Our Ideology Jewish Nationalism ........ã............. Chalutziut ............................. Jewish Self Defense .................... Equality . .............................. Open to All .. .......................... The Movement and the Kibbutz ........... . Our Movement'' .......................... . Bibliography ...........................  (1) Chapter IA Background to Youth Movements What is a Youth Movement? It is impossible to give a true picture of our movement without ment- tioning it within the general frame- work ofyouth movements. A youth movement must first be defined. A youth movement is not merely a banding together · of youth. This is merely a youth club, which is comp- aritively widespread, but cannot be called a movement. The term move- ment literally connotes motion. The numerous clubs for youngsters inexistence cannot claim to move to~ wards any specific goal. They have only one common factor with us, their membership being restricted to youthunder the age of 25. The youth move- ment, however, is based on striving for the change of an existing con- dition. Thus, the youth movement must contain within it a certain revolutionary element. * Youth movements represent a con- scious revolt of the younger gener- ation and provide a means whereby youth may proclaim its ideals, _ values, and standards which are different from, and frequently opposed to, those of the preceeding generation. *H.Kohn - Youth Movements ; Ency- clopedia of the Social Sciences. New York, 1954, Vol.XV.,Page 516.  (2) They contradict the notion that theexperience of elders can best guarantee the continuity of civilisation by authoritarian guidance of the younger generation. Why should youth be organized into youth movements? First, being of a different age than adults, youth are interested in different things. But perhaps more important, however, is that the outlook of youth is generally more flexible, quicker toaccept changes; and ready to widen its horizons; more than that of adults whose daily pro blems restrict it to narrower viewof life.It is also because in the youth - movement, youth has a chance, to gether with others of similar ways of thinking, to share a common spirit and achieve the same goal. The Jewish Youth MovementThe Jewish youth movements, despite being no older than any other nation, have however, attained greater status within the Jewish nation than any other similar movements elsewhere.Their association with Zionism, from its earliest days, is by no means a coincidence. The adults were enclosed within ghettos, whether forced upon them or self-imposed, and lived more on their moral rather than their physical strength. A feeling of revolt soon grew up within the youth against
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