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Preschool, primary & secondary education

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By Jewish Virtual Library


Education in Israel begins at a very young age in order to provide children with an augmented 'head start,' particularly in terms of socialization and language development.

Many two?year?olds and almost all three and four?year?olds attend some kind of preschool framework. Most programs are sponsored by local authorities, some within day?care centers operated by women's organizations; others are privately owned. The Ministry of Education allocates special resources for preschool education in disadvantaged areas.

Kindergarten for five?year?olds is free and compulsory.

Education in Israel – An Introduction

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By Jewish Virtual Library

The very world rests on the breath of a child in the schoolhouse. (Babylonian Talmud: Shabbat, 119b)

Education in Israel is a precious legacy. Following the tradition of past generations, education continues to be a fundamental value in Israel's society and is recognized as the key to its future. The educational system aims to prepare children to become responsible members of a democratic, pluralistic society in which people from different ethnic, religious, cultural and political backgrounds coexist. It is based on Jewish values, love of the land and the principles of liberty and tolerance.

Schools & Universities

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Israel has a wide variety to offer in the field of education through its numerous universities, colleges and schools. This is largely due to the country's highly-educated immigrant population, which has "come up" to Israel from all areas of the world, and out of all spheres of learning.

The other contributing factor in this equation is Israel's high standard of education.

SAR-EL – Volunteers for Israel’s Defense

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By Stan Goodenough

Christian - You, too can work in the I.D.F.!

As Israel is forced unwillingly towards a violent, history-making war with its Arab enemies, many Christians who care are wondering what they can do to stand by the Jewish state against its foes.

Some talk about praying, some talk about giving. Others talk about coming over to Israel and giving the Arab enemies what for!

Traditionally, the Israel Defense Forces very rarely accept non-Jews into their ranks. Certainly Israel has never called on other countries to field men or women in uniform during its many wars.

Branches of the IDF

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By Ryan Jones

The Israel Defense Forces are made up of the following branches:

Homefront Command
Air Force

Golani Brigade
Paratroopers Brigade
Givati Brigade
Nahal Brigade

Armored Corps
Medical Corps
Women's Corps
Ordinance Corps
Education & Youth Corps
Chaplainry Corps (Military Rabbinate)
Spokesperson's Unit
Liaison Unit
National Defense College


Homefront Command

The Homefront Command is responsible for civil defense during war and peace time, maintains an information system and distributes vital supplies to help protect Israel's civilians.

The I.D.F.

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To defend the existence, territorial integrity and sovereignty of the State of Israel. To protect the inhabitants of Israel and to combat all forms of terrorism which threaten daily life.

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) are today one of the most highly trained, sophisticated fighting forces in the world.

The Government

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The structure and working of Israel's government is often difficult to understand, not only for Western observers, but even for Israelis. The complexity and near chaos however, actually stems from the great amount of political freedom enjoyed in Israel.

Israel's democracy is in many ways actually more free than that of the United States. Almost anyone can start a political party with little effort, and many do.

Jewish Calendar

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Believers who have developed an interest in, and desire to study about, the biblical holy days laid out in Leviticus 23 will have noticed that the dates of these feasts appears to shift from year to year.

Well they do, if you are marking these events on the Gregorian calendar - the solar calendar system used by most of the Western world.

Yom Ha’Atzma’ut – Israeli Independence Day

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By Stan Goodenough

Who has heard such a thing? Who has seen such things? Shall the earth be made to give birth in one day? Or shall a nation be born at once? For as soon as Zion was in labor, she gave birth to her children.

Moshavim – co-operative settlements

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By Stan Goodenough

Moshav is the Hebrew word for a co-operative, semi-collective settlement whose members work together to develop the land, increase the economy of the state and defend the nation.