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"The Foundations of the Jewish National Fund" – Handmade Illustrated Book

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"Yesodot Hakeren HaKayemet LeYisrael" [The Foundations of the Jewish National Fund] – handmade illustrated book. [Israel, late 1940 or early 1950s].
Handmade book made of large leaves to which were mounted typewritten leaves alongside newspaper clippings and color illustrations, dealing with the Jewish National Fund's history, founders, major activists and activities, as well as philosophers whose ideas led to the fund's establishment.
Three chapters of the book, "The Establishment of the Jewish National Fund", "Dignitaries" and "The Activities of the Jewish National Fund", describe, in a simple language directed at children, the early Zionist philosophy of Moses Hess and Rabbi Zvi Hirsch Kalischer, the establishment of the Jewish National Fund by Zvi Herman Shapira, the involvement of Theodor Herzl, the energetic work of Menachem Ussishkin for the Fund and his biography, the enterprise of the redemption of the land and the problem of profiteering of land in Palestine, the pioneering enterprise, the afforestation work of the Jewish National Fund, the idea of the Blue Box for raising funds in the Diaspora for the redemption of the land, and more. The title page of the book is decorated with JNF stamps. The color illustrations reflect in part the influence of the graphic language typical of contemporary JNF publications.
At the end of the book is an additional chapter, different in content and design, dedicated to a description of Jewish life in the Diaspora (titled "The Jewish Anomaly"). This chapter reviews Y.L. Pinsker's idea of auto-emancipation and deals, in a humorous manner, with the life of Jews in the Diaspora, using passages from the writings of Shalom Aleichem and Moyshe Nadir.
This item is possibly a draft for a book; however, no books by this title are held in the NLI and it seems that that the book was not published.
[25] leaves, 46X33 cm. Good condition. Stains. Creases. Filing holes in the right side of all the leaves.
Provenance: The Rimon Family Collection.

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