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The Fall of a SparrowThe Life and Times of Abba Kovner$
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Dina Porat

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780804762489

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804762489.001.0001

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Family and Friends

Family and Friends

“And everything I have done should be corrected, / Except my life with you”

(p.312) Seventeen Family and Friends
The Fall of a Sparrow
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This chapter focuses on Kovner's relationship with his family and friends. Kovner loyally belonged to a number of sometimes overlapping circles: the Jewish people, Israel, his party (Mapam), the Hashomer Hatzair youth movement in which he grew up, and the Ein Hahoresh kibbutz; an extraordinarily wide number of acquaintances. The tightest circle of all involved Kovner and Kempner and their two children, Michael and Shlomit. Each circle had its own importance and constituted a value that had moral force. Kovner was uncompromisingly committed to each of the circles and invested himself in each entirely.

Keywords:   Abba Kovner, family, friends

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