Gauchos Reflect, Moisesville, Argentina, 2002
Gauchos Reflect, Moisesville, Argentina, 2002Click to Enlarge
Baron Maurice de Hirsch (1831 – 1896) was a German Jewish businessman and philanthropist. In 1891, he founded the Jewish Colonization Association, or JCA, with the goal of establishing colonies in North and South American for Jews experiencing economic, political, or social oppression in Eastern Europe. These immigrants endured many hardships, but at the height of their success in the 1920s the JCA colonies in Argentina were home to more than 30,000 Jews. Although the farming and herding lifestyle was very different from their life in Eastern Europe, the Jews adapted, eventually becoming Jewish Gauchos (cowboys). Today, very few Jews remain in Moisesville and the other original colonies; most have moved to Argentina’s bigger cities.
וַיִּקַּח ה’ אֱלֹהִים, אֶת-הָאָדָם; וַיַּנִּחֵהוּ בְגַן-עֵדֶן, לְעָבְדָהּ וּלְשָׁמְרָהּ.
Now God took the man and God placed him in the Garden of Eden to work it and to guard it.
– Genesis (Bereshit) 2:15
אֲנִי טֶרֶם אֲכַלֶּה לְדַבֵּר אֶל-לִבִּי, וְהִנֵּה רִבְקָה יצֵֹאת וְכַדָּהּ עַל-שִׁכְמָהּ, וַתֵּרֶד הָעַיְנָה, וַתִּשְׁאָב; וָאמַֹר אֵלֶיהָ, הַשְׁקִינִי נָא. וַתְּמַהֵר, וַתּוֹרֶד כַּדָּהּ מֵעָלֶיהָ, וַתּאֹמֶר שְׁתֵה, וְגַם-גְּמַלֶּיךָ אַשְׁקֶה; וָאֵשְׁתְּ, וְגַם הַגְּמַלִּים הִשְׁקָתָה.
“I had scarcely finished praying in my heart, when Rebekah came out with her jar on her shoulder, and went down to the spring and drew. And I said to her, ‘Please give me a drink.’ She quickly lowered her jar and said, ‘Drink, and I will also water your camels.’ So I drank, and she also watered the camels.”
– Genesis (Bereshit) 24:45-46