The Children are Our Heritage

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Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him.
Psalms 127:3

In a few weeks Israel will be celebrating the joyous holiday of Purim. One of the main activities of this celebration is the sending of Mishloach Manot (Gift Baskets) from family to family. This holiday is one that is especially memorable for children. They will dress up in costume and participate in street parades.

Unfortunately, there are many children whose parents cannot afford to involve their children in this festive time as a result of their economic circumstances. Many children rely on basic nourishment at after school centers, where they congregate in the afternoons.

Israel Today has been committed for many years to ensuring a quality life for all Israeli children. This year, as in previous years, we will be concentrating our efforts to help children from needy families to enable them to enjoy this time of the year.

Through the generosity of our subscribers and readers of the magazine, Israel Today will be able to:

  • provide Mishloach Manot to needy families
  • support underprivileged children, for example, by providing meals and financing extra-mural activities

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Can a common language bridge cultural differences?

Posted on 1/9/2014 by Ariel rudolph
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The tower of Babel is a classic example of how powerful a language can be in either dividing or uniting people.

In the German Friday school in Jerusalem, Yad B'Yad (Hand in Hand), one can experience a unique encounter of different cultures through a common German language. A few months ago I started teaching German to children from a German background.

It was fascinating for me to see how children from diverse cultural and religious backgrounds learn not only German language and literature but also about each other’s traditions. For example, in my class there were children from Christian, Muslim and Jewish families.

Within the first hour I already experienced the uniqueness of an exchange. While Amichai and Livia were discussing the traditions and meaning of Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashanah, Malek told about Ramadan.

The cultural exchange takes place in the school at different levels and not only in the classrooms. In the hallways, where parents wait for their children, they establish contact with each other. The “Hand in Hand” school is very unique in fostering a mutual understanding and demonstrates that children and families of Jews, Arabs and Christians can live together in mutual respect and friendship.

By Ora Shapiro
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