ARKHEI MIKRA, ARKHEI ADAM: MOSHE MARCEL JACO 12 TSIYURIM [AUTHOR INSCRIBED]
Tel Aviv, Israel: Seminar Haqibbutzim, 1959. Item #39624
1st edition. Publisher’s original boards, 8vo, 169 pages. Inscribed by the author in the year of publication on the front end paper. Title translates as “Biblical Values, Human Values: Texts by Mordechai Segal with 12 Drawings by Marcel Jaco. ” Born in 1903 in Ukraine, Mordechai Segal lived in Israel from 1925 onward and is best known for founding the “Kibbutz Seminar, ” an academic college in Tel Aviv focused on education and pedagogy. Segal ran the seminar for its first 35 years (1939-74) and is credited, among others, for defining the new educational tools necessary for the “new” Israeli Jew. Segal developed his own unique pedagogical method (the “process method, ” which stressed student excursions and independent work outdoors or with arts and crafts) for younger Israeli teachers, would then take his approach with them to disperate kibbutzim and moshavim across Israel. “The single role of (kibbutz) education, ” he wrote, “is to attend to porosities of the spirit of the child to remain always clean and open to the vitality of everyday life that is around him. ” Less well known are Segal’s reflections on Jewish spirituality and scripture, collected in this volume from 1955 and long out of print. The collection is especially unique for including 12 drawings by the acclaimed Romanian and Israeli avant-garde artist Marcel “Moshe” Jaco. Jaco was the co-inventor of Dadaism, one of the most important and definitive art movements of the 20th century, and edited (along with other modern art luminaries Tristan Tzara and Ion Vinea) the Romanian literary and art magazine Simbolul (The Symbol) . After delaying his leave from Europe well into the war, Jaco finally fled Hitler and moved to Palestine in 1941, bringing his extended family and other Holocaust escapees with him. In early Israel Jaco worked on developing the State’s national park system, but was most famous for helping establish the community of Ein Hod, a utopian artist’s colony near Haifa, built on the ruins of a desert Palestinian village of the same name. In very good condition, with a very good dust jacket, slightly sunned (AC-4-6).