Behavior: Change on the Kibbutz

My life is full of joy, for I am in my motherland. Work, my country and my language—to them I dedicate my youth and my strength. I can see in my imagination how we shall build the foundation of a national life. Stone by stone we are rebuilding the land laid waste thousands of years ago. I am happy that I am one of the builders. —Shmuel Dayan, 1913

As a founder of Israel's first kibbutz, or communal settlement, Shmuel Dayan* was often in an exultant mood. His enthusiasm reflected the spirit of...