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March 18, 1983 - Image 22

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1983-03-18

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22 Friday, March 18, 1983 -

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Mother of Nahal Continues Aiding Youth

By MOSHE RON

The Jewish News Special
Israel Correspondent

TEL AVIV — Rivka
Weinstein is called the
mother of the young
pioneers in Israel. One im-
mediately thinks of the
pioneers of the First and
Second Aliya, but there are
also young pioneers in Is-

rael today, youngsters who
volunteer for pioneer work
before their enlistment in
the army.
Rivka's activity started
with the enlistment of her
17-year-old son. One morn-
ing, a group of youngsters
came to her and said,
"Mother, you must help us
to get organized."

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"What can an old woman
like me do to organize young
people who ar.e about to
enlist for their military
service?" Rivka asked.
"There is a lot to do," the
youngsters replied. "Like
put up the beds in the bar-
racks, distribute clothes
and underwear."
Rivka started the work
with enthusiasm. She is
now over 80 and has
worked for many years
for the youngsters. She is
called "Mother of the
young pioneers." She
cares about the daily
problems of the boys and
girls who are entering a
new way of life.
Rivka was born in As-
trakhan in Russia. Her
fattier was a rich owner of
fishing ships. He was a reli-
gious Jew and had a tradi-
tional household.
During World War I, 200
families came from
Lithuariia to Astrakhan.
Rivka learned of Zionism
from them. She was very
young when she started on a
dangerous journey to Eretz
Yisrael. She crossed many
borders illegally, the moun-
tains of Caucasia, hid in
woods and arrived at last at
the age of 22 in Tel Yosef,
where she joined the Gdud
Avoda of Jewish Pioneer
Workers.
There were many difficul-
ties, hunger_, _;hardships,

disappointments
and
dreams. Rivka Weinstein
did not give in. She worked
for six years in a stable. She
gave birth to a son and a
daughter. She believed in
human values.
She was regarded as a
revolutionary, even in a
daily life. The poor food,
which was then available
on the kibutz, she
rationed in such a way
that all members were
satisfied. One of her most
important decisions dur-
ing her career was to give
pregnant women another
glass of milk, starting at
the eighth month of
pregnancy.
Rivka Weinstein repre-
sented the generation
which prepared Eretz Yis-
rael to become the state of
Israel. Her stubbornness
was characteristic for all
the pioneers, who more with
the power of their belief
than physical power turned
barren desert soil into fer-
tile soil. For years she was -
active in the Hagana and at
the same time managed the
economy of the collective
settlement.
The young Hagana mem-
bers in the kibutz were al-
ways hungry. They were
always looking for food. At
night they would "invade"
the chicken farm and treat
themselves to eggs and
chicken. Rivka used to tell
them: "Tell me what you
want. I shall try to oblige
you, but do not steal." The
leader of the group was a
youngster with reddish hair
called Yitzhak Rabin, the
future Prithe Minister.
Rivka was everywhere in
those times. She was pre-
sent during the occupation
of Eilat, she was found on
many battlegrounds during
the War of Independence.
She supplied the Israeli
soldiers with warm food,
words of encouragement,
linen and clothing and mes-
sages from their families.
She returned home only
once in two or three weeks.
Her daughter often cried, "I
wish you were my mother
and not the mother of
everyone."
It'll come out so
It was hard for Rivka to
answer her daughter. She
light, so fluffy, it'll was
eager to fulfill the
be the talk of the
dream of her youth — of a
Jewish state — and wished
seder table.
help as much as she could.
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In the course of the years
she was offered high offices,
Oil is kosher for with
salaries, trips
Passover. So if you abroad high
etc., but she refused.
She only accepted to join
want a delicious
the management of the
Pesach you can
Nahal (Fighting Pioneer
have one. Direct Youth). For years Rivka
slept in tents, worked in
from Hollywood. field
kitchens and organized
'courses for the youth.
In 1976, Rivka Weins-
tein left all her social ac-
tivities apart from Nahal.
Today she dedicates all
her time to the Fighting
Pioneer Youth.
Rivka Weinstein is an
example 4nd proof what a
woman can do, even in ad-
vanced age, if there is a will
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Shultz Lists Foreign Aid Costs

WASHINGTON (ZINS) and potted plants.
"Every American must
— Secretary of State George
P. Shultz opened a public understand that it's neces-
campaign to win support for sary to spend a fraction of
billions in foreign aid in the our collective resources to
face of what has been de- secure our most precious
scribed as widespread oppo- goals of freedom, economic
sition because of economic well-being and peace," he
trouble at home.
said. The Administration is
Speaking at Southern asking Congress to approve
Center for International $14.5 billion foreign aid
Studies in Atlanta, Shultz package for the 1984 fiscal
said it cost each American year.
citizen $12.35 for building
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