Robert F. Smith Posted May 14, 2011 Share Posted May 14, 2011 I know of a number of Mormons who have gone to Israel, some living and working for awhile on a kibbutz and learning Hebrew there, others studying at an Israeli university, some excavating at archeological sites, others serving in the Israeli Army -- some having actually been in combat, and a number spending many years in country. One close friend of mine even trained with Israeli paratroopers and did training jumps with them.Perhaps the most famous of Mormons to have spent time on a kibbutz is Carol Lynn Wright (Pearson). She was still single at the time and wrote about her experience.I recently saw a film Blessed is the Match: The Life and Death of Hannah Senesh (Katahdin, 2009) . It was a docudrama filmed in Israel and Hungary about a young Jewish Zionist.Is there something we can learn about the powerful idealism of such youth? Is there something we can say about how the efforts of Jewish Zionists compare with those of Mormon Zioinists? Did Jewish pioneers have it any easier than the Mormon pioneers? Was their exodus from Europe to Palestine akin to our exodus from Illiinois? Were the waves of converts coming across the Atlantic en route to Deseret similar to the waves of Jewish aliyah to the Holy Land? Link to comment
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