Kanye West praises the kibbutz and receives an invitation from the kibbutz movement

Kanye West’s trips to Israel clearly left a mark on the rap superstar.

In a broad podcast interview published Friday, West, who recently changed his legal name to Ye, said he believes Christians should form kibbutz communities, modeled after the Jewish versions, to help foster a sense of togetherness.

“We need Christian kibbutz, we can have communities,” West said on the hip-hop podcast “Drink Champs.”

He had to clarify the term to the co-hosts of NORE, a rapper, and DJ EFN, a record executive.

“Jews have this kind of circular community … it’s like where they live and where we need to live, where grandparents can take care of children,” he said. “Better to have a grandfather babysitting than a nanny babysitting – hired love. Do you understand what I’m saying? That we move as a community, and as a community, we will not fail ”.

It’s unclear whether West has ever visited a kibbutz, the collectively owned community format that Jews pioneered even before the establishment of the State of Israel. But the rapper and Kim Kardashian, who is seeking a divorce from him, have visited Israel multiple times. In 2015, when West performed near Tel Aviv, the couple visited Jerusalem to baptize their daughter in an Armenian church in the Old City.

Perhaps the connection to Israeli kibbutz culture comes from a different source: Kardashian purchased quartz for kitchen countertops at the couple’s home in 2013 from Israeli kibbutz Sdot Yam, leading to a deal to distribute the company’s products in the United States through Ikea.

Kanye West performs at Ramat Gan Stadium (credit: YOSSI MAMIA)

West’s comments prompted an invitation from the Kibbutz Movement, the umbrella group that includes most of Israel’s 279 kibbutzim.

The Kibbutz Movement reported that it had received tens of thousands of requests from interested residents during the year that the pandemic closed.

West has become a fervently religious figure in recent years, releasing several albums on his new Christian perspective.

“I think ‘you’ is the most used word in the Bible,” he said of his name change in August. “At [New Testament] Bible means you. So, I am you. I have to.”


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