Borochov, who is born in a shtetl (Jewish village) in the Ukraine, staunchly opposes Jews working exclusively in urban trades. Inspired by Marxism and Zionism, he is key to organizing Jewish brigades in Russia to defend the 1917 Revolution, as well as promoting the notion that the solution to the Jewish problem is emigration to Palestine. Borochov travels to the US in 1914 to promulgate Socialist Zionism and dies an untimely death shortly thereafter from pneumonia in Kiev, Ukraine.