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  • The Mission Continues

    As in the past so it remains today - we were and still are under the selfsame commitment to adhere to the directions of the Gedolei Yisrael, who stand guard against breaches of purity threatening our camp. When we were required to ask – we asked. When we were instructed to depart – we left. The moment we are summoned back to raise the flag, every other consideration is pushed to the side and we answer: We are ready!

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  • Harav Yisrael Friedman zy”a, the Rebbe of Husyatin

    מוטי, ויקיפדיה העברית

    The ancestral chain of Harav Yisrael Friedman, the founder of the Husyatin chassidic court, originates with the holy Baal Shem Tov. The Husyatin chassidus has its roots in Galicia and eventually came to Tel Aviv, during the turbulent years between the two World Wars.

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  • Maccabi'im Gravesite

    In honour of Chanukah, we will discuss a fascinating, ongoing investigation attempting to establish the place of burial of Mattisyahu Kohen Gadol and his family.

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Adava Report: Education in Israel is For the Rich

According to a report publicized this morning, the State of Israel has created a segregated education system - "for the rich only" – whereby many school functions are funded by private money donated to the schools by the parents of the students. The report therefore claims that Israel's students are the victims of "natural selection".

David Shmueli 16/12/2009 10:56
A report released today by the Adva Center for Equality and Social Justice in Israel has painted a dismal picture of the education system, which is meant to be free and accessible for all the country's children. In practice, the educational gaps between the different religious and economic sectors in Israel are getting wider. According to the report, the government actually encouraged this state of affairs by legitimizing moves to segregate various schools.

The report examined a number of aspects in the education system, and presents statistics regarding the number of students, the rates of academic achievement, and budget information for the different educational networks in the country.

The most interesting trend analyzed by the report, is the way wealthy municipalities have taken advantage of declining government investment and supervision of the education system. In many parts of the country, entire networks have been established "for the rich alone", where schools receive a majority of their funding from parents, organizations, and businesses. That causes – says the report – a state of "natural selection" in the country between children whose parents can afford to supplement their education, and those whose parents cannot.

According to the report, the government has actually contributed to this failing, by permitting parents to give money to schools, and by permitting the schools to receive that money. The government is clearly to blame for the dire state of affairs, the report claims, because it did not enforce socioeconomic integration in middle schools, it encourage private enterprises in schools, and it did not require all schools to teach the same curriculums.

The report suggested imposing sanctions on schools that do not follow the required curriculum. The government, to its credit, has attempted to provide additional teaching hours to school in poor communities, but the wealthy municipalities also supplemented their school budgets, thereby perpetuating the differences between the different sectors and networks.