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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

First Day of School; Israeli Style

So Yonah - our little one (not so little, truth be told) - just started third grade yesterday.

It's sort of an Israeli tradition that the Prime Minister and many of the Knesset bigwigs fan out to schools across the country to welcome elementary school students to the first day of the academic year. 

Early yesterday morning after most of our neighborhood had been hermetically sealed off by an advance security detail, a helicopter set down on the playground of Yonah's school, disgorging Israel's Prime Minister who spent part of the morning welcoming our community's children back to school.

As if this wasn't enough to bring home just how tiny our country is, while Zahava and I were talking with Yonah last night about what it was like to meet the country's Prime Minister, I couldn't help notice that he kept referring to the PM as 'Bibi' (Benjamin Netanyahu's nickname).

Only in Israel would an eight year old be (justifiably) excited about having just met the country's Prime Minister... yet refer to the country's leader as if he were a schoolyard buddy!

Posted by David Bogner on August 28, 2012 | Permalink

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Love it! Was so great to see the pictures of the Prime Minister at the schools yesterday and hear what he said about Gush Etzion.

Posted by: SaraK | Aug 28, 2012 1:29:01 PM

It's not a small country. It's a big family.

Posted by: Elisson | Aug 28, 2012 5:22:44 PM

I'm -- jealous! Congrats!

Posted by: wry mouth | Aug 28, 2012 7:33:10 PM

A few weeks ago I was thinking about how the world has become more like Israel over the last 50 years;more informal in speech and dress. Israel invented informality in the 20th century.

Posted by: ED | Aug 28, 2012 8:29:13 PM

That's very cool!!

Posted by: beth | Aug 29, 2012 12:08:02 AM

Anti-rocket school protects Israeli kids near Gaza
http://news.yahoo.com/anti-rocket-school-protects-israeli-kids-near-gaza-182247738.html

That Sderot has to build rocket-proof schools is a sad statement.

Posted by: antares | Aug 29, 2012 1:19:16 AM

wow! i did not know this. how adorable . this sends an amazing message about education.

Posted by: frum single female | Aug 29, 2012 4:47:12 PM

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