What a joy to grow up in a big family! Children are a great blessing, each one a gift from God. Good health is also a blessing but in this fallen world, it is not something that can be taken for granted. Some of Israel's young people are already heroes at a tender age, fighting for life in the battle against illness.
Israel actively loves her children! Israel is one of the few countries in the world continuously working to provide a safe and nurturing environment for all young people - how wonderful to see youngsters playing together in the parks without a care, their shouts and laughter filling the air on hot summer nights - or taking buses on their own to and from school and activities.
Many families in Israel are distressed as they hear of new government plans to raise taxes, introduce taxes on fruits and vegetables, and cut funding on child payments. The government hopes that tightening spending will keep the deficit under control, despite global recession.