"I don’t think my kids have any difficulties that are specific to the Israeli school system."
Finding Tekhelet is about fulfilling an ancient mitzvah that was there the whole time.
While tekhelet is a biblical commandment, it’s one full of "buts" that bring me up short.
"We very strongly identify with the Aseh Chayil National Religious and Modern Orthodox ideology."
"Everything we have done and learned regarding the gifted students has also come from speaking to more experienced Olim, not through the system."
She had a heart problem but no one imagined she would pass away the next day.
After they made Aliyah, Randi discovered she was pregnant with Yisrael, who has Down syndrome.
I speak to Esther Aaron about the Aliyah process, revisit Rachel and her daughter Dena, still struggling with the matriculation exams, and pass on some general information.
We tried to put him in kindergarten but the Jewish day school couldn’t handle him. Their solution was to put him in "time out" all day.
Dena was just on the cusp of turning 16 when her parents, both well-established professionals, made Aliyah from a major American metropolis.
Part of the problem of making Aliyah with kids involves the black and white nature of religious education in Israel.
I recall the shock and pain of seeing my ruined ice cream on the street.