Kanye West — whose legal name is now “Ye” — is encouraging Christians to form kibbutz communities, an agrarian-style community unique to Jewish people in Israel.
“We need Christian kibbutz,” West said during an interview on the “Drink Champs” podcast. “[J]ewish people have this type of circular community. … It’s like where they live, and where we need to live, where the grandparents can take care of the kids.”
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“It’s better to have a grandparent taking care of the kids than a nanny taking care of the kids — hired love,” the rapper continued. “You get what I’m saying? That we move as a community, and, as a community, we will not fail.”
Tourist Israel defined kibbutz as:
A type of settlement which is unique to Israel. A collective community, traditionally agrarian. The first kibbutz was Deganya Aleph, founded in 1910. Today, there are over 270 kibbutzim in Israel. They have diversified greatly since their agricultural beginnings and many are now private. Regardless of their status, the kibbutz offers a unique insight into Israeli society. Additionally, they are fascinating places to visit.
West’s interest in kibbutz culture possibly stems from the several visits he’s made the Israel with his estranged wife, Kim Kardashian, who is seeking a divorce from her celebrity husband.
According to The Times of Israel, Kardashian bought quartz countertops for the couple’s then-home in 2013 from the Israeli kibbutz Sdot Yam. That purchase led to a distribution deal in the U.S. between the kibbutz and IKEA.
The rapper’s comments prompted an invitation from the Kibbutz Movement, the group overseeing the majority of Israel’s 279 kibbutzim.
“Yo, Kanye,” the group stated, “strip clubs are out of the question, but you are more than welcome to drop by and visit our kibbutzim here in the Holy Land.”
West, who has become outspoken about his Christian faith in recent years, explained that he has changed his name to “Ye” because he believes it “is the most commonly used word in the Bible,” adding: “In the [New Testament] Bible, it means ‘you.’ So, I’m you. I’m us.”
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