Gil Mildar
As the song says, a Latin American with no money in his pocket.

Am Israel Chai

Personal Archive. Kibbutz Ein Hanatziv

In the boundless chasm between being and non-being, solidarity serves as the bridge that binds solitary souls, transforming them into a singular, unified entity.” — Inspired by Nietzsche

From the very first moment I set foot on the soil of the kibbutz, having been invited by my partner, I felt an indescribable connection—a journey that, as Martin Buber profoundly stated, “leads inward.” The whispers of countless generations seemed to echo in the winds, telling tales of perseverance, hope, and unity.

With each avocado I touched and every dish I prepared for our valiant soldiers, I felt an ever-deepening connection to the tapestry of Israel’s history and its people. It wasn’t merely food—it stood as a symbol, a testament to the resilience and determination of a nation that, despite facing innumerable challenges, remains unyielding.

Yet, within this profound connection and amidst our rich history, there exists a shadow of moral uncertainty. It’s a lamentable reality that we are often without a clear moral compass to guide us. In my view, figures like Netanyahu and Ben Gvir have tarnished Israel’s vision with their actions and rhetoric. Their leadership, or its absence, frequently seems more divisive than unifying, more self-centered than in the service of our nation.

However, in spite of these stains on our national fabric, the heart of Israel continues to beat with vigor. Emmanuel Levinas’s words, “Responsibility for the other is the essence of human existence,” resonate with even greater intensity. For even amid the presence of such divisive figures, the spirit of unity and the pursuit of a greater good bind us, reminding us of Israel’s true essence.

The kibbutz, with its collective spirit and unwavering commitment, stands as a living testament to this truth. A vast family where, despite differences and political discord, love and respect always prevail. A place where, even in moments of solitude and introspection, one never truly feels alone.

As the sun dipped below the horizon, casting its golden glow upon the land, I came to realize that this journey was not just physical, but deeply spiritual. A pilgrimage into the very heart of what it means to be a part of Israel—to partake in its joys, its sorrows, its aspirations, and its destiny. In the dance of solidarity, in the embrace of a community, even when some leaders falter, the spirit of Israel stands resolute, united in pursuit of a greater purpose.

About the Author
As a Brazilian, Jewish, and humanist writer, I embody a rich cultural blend that influences my worldview and actions. Six years ago, I made the significant decision to move to Israel, a journey that not only connects me to my ancestral roots but also positions me as an active participant in an ongoing dialogue between the past, present, and future. My Latin American heritage and life in Israel have instilled a deep commitment to diversity, inclusion, and justice. Through my writing, I delve into themes of authoritarianism, memory, and resistance, aiming not just to reflect on history but to actively contribute to the shaping of a more just and equitable future. My work is an invitation for reflection and action, aspiring to advance human dignity above all.
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