Religion: The Mysterious Kibbutz

The people of the Pardailhan kibbutz are celebrating New Year's this week, though the wind howls cold in their unheated rooms and the food in the larder is plain. The week before, there had been a Christmas tree for the children and toys around it, and some sober merrymaking. In fact, there was more Christmas at Pardailhan than in all the other kibbutzim in the world combined. Pardailhan is not in Israel but in Southern France, and its members are not Jews.

Some say that they are Protestants without knowing it. They have been...

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