” Deputy Transportation Minister Tzipi Hotovely (Likud) offered her best wishes to her nephew Amitai, who started first grade on Tuesday, and offered some thoughts about changing perspectives.
The new school year evoked reminiscences and words of wisdom from some Israeli politicians.
“I still remember my first day [of school], the fear of the unknown,” Justice Minister Tzipi Livni (Hatnua) wrote on Facebook on Tuesday morning.
“They sat us down in the small playground, and the principal, whose name was also Horowitz (no relation), stood before us with the school’s sky-blue flag and told us that ‘Be’eri’ was the nickname of Berl Katznelson, for whom the school was named, and his values, the values of the labor movement, were the values of our school: learning, labor and equality.
I don’t remember if I already had a developed political consciousness back then, but if I remember her words after 40 years, they must have struck home.” Economy and Trade Minister Naftali Bennett (Jewish Home) wrote his own school-year note on Monday to his daughter, Michal, who started first grade on Tuesday.
As my mother told my math teacher: ‘The important thing is that she becomes a human being.'” Livni also posted a photograph of her school days (above) at the Dubnov School in Tel Aviv, “which has since turned into a cafe as the neighborhood aged.” MK Nitzan Horowitz (Meretz) recalled “the months of excitement” before starting first grade. For Horowitz, his earliest memories in school are not very distant from his present political life.
“It was in the Be’eri School in Rishon Lezion,” he recalled.
All Israel’s citizens are feeling that excitement today.
To the students, the teachers, the principals, all the employees of the education system — good luck!
MK Miri Regev (Likud) posted a class photo from second grade. Yes, top row, second from the right, for those who insist,” she wrote. Every year brings a new story, new friends, and also fears.