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  Dan Leon

  Ramah & Yehoshua Zamir

  4.1 Early Childhood
  4.2 School Days
  4.3 Army Days





EDUCATION. Like every child in his kibbutz, Yaron graduated from the infants' house, the children's houses and primary school to the Mosad, an inter-kibbutz highschool catering for Ein Dor and the neighboring kibbutz, Gazit. At each stage, the peer-group which grows up together conducts its activities in an atmosphere fitting the level of development, for example the annual plays performed and produced by the children themselves in primary school, in which Yaron appeared year by year.

Many youngsters live and learn in the Mosad, conducting in addition to their studies a broad program of independent social, cultural, sporting and youth movement activities, as well as working for a number of  hours per day. Yaron was a youth leader and spent much time on the basketball court.

In the kibbutz educational system, many studies are based on the 'theme system' or 'project system' in which all aspects of a certain subject are studied.

THE KVUTSA (group) is the social framework within which kibbutz children and youth live from their early days and until finishing highschool. Smaller for younger children and larger later on, the kvutsa is an all-round unit for living together in every sense, and not only a class which learns together. The members of a Kvutsa of both sexes have the closest contact in every area of life - shared quarters, social activity, educational endeavor, cultural and creative activity, etc.  The inter-personal relationships within the kvutsa are so close that observers see something of a sibling quality in them and members of one kvutsa very rarely marry each other when they grow up.

WORK: Work in the kibbutz, be it on the children's farm, in the highschool or in the kibbutz farm, factory or service branches is an integral part of the life of the younger generation. Starting with an hour a day, more hours are added as the children grow up, until in the period between finishing highschool and going into the army (about the age of 18), the young people work a full day each week. The ideals of labor and self-labor were pillars of the kibbutz outlook since the first communal settlement was founded in 1909. Yaron's work commitments included agriculture - melons, cotton, field crops, carpentry, and work in the children's houses. Visiting for a week in a young kibbutz to which he had become attached, he naturally worked there in the fields. Yaron's work led to his deep  love of the land and appreciation of the cycle of nature.

THE ARMY. Kibbutz youth plays an important role in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and many become officers and pilots (proportionally far more than the 3.5% which the 100,000 people living in 250 kibbutzim constitute in the country's population).

Yaron was concerned to serve in a crack unit, to succeed in initial training (which is particularly tough in the IDF) and in subsequent posts, also considering doing an officer's course. The Lebanese war found him in a position of responsibility in the communications section of his unit. Though as a soldier he was highly responsible, Yaron was literally counting the days until the end of his army service. Growing up in a period of wars (the Six-Day war of 1967, the subsequent War of Attrition on the Suez Canal, the Yom Kippur war of 1973), he took for granted his responsibilities in the IDF though his writings from an early age express the forebodings associated in his mind with war.

THE PEOPLE IN YARON'S LIFE. All those with whom Yaron corresponded. Or who appear in his writings' should should have their portraits drawn briefly. (Possibly the more central personalities Like Yaniv and Yael should be written of in a Little more detail, but I say this without being certain). I an sure that some of  the people should have photographs of them, if possible.

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