Thursday, June 23, 2005

to be young

I'm glad I'm not young in today's age. My youth was such an optimistic time. Don Quixote reigned supreme. We followed him and our own dreams. My windmill was across the ocean, and now here I am in my holy Land, in Shiloh.

Today's Israeli high school students took their "civics" test about Israeli government, democracy. They memorized what was required, even though they knew that reality is something very different. Then, after the test, many went to protest. http://www.israelnn.com/news.php3?id=84446 They're learning at a young age to be very pragmatic. It's one of the hardest lessons for me personally.

And the little kids in Yitzhar will have to rebuild their little "petting zoo." http://www.israelnn.com/news.php3?id=84438 One hundred of the toughest (I wouldn't say finest) of Israel's police used their strength and daring to destroy the simple, home-made structures housing the two horses, three goats and four chickens.

And just in case you think that Disengagement is an isolated withdrawal, the IDF is giving Beit Lechem to the Arabs. http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost/JPArticle/ShowFull&cid=1119493344816 Just for those who aren't familiar with Israeli geography, Beit Lechem is next to, like in adjoining, Jerusalem, like Little Neck and Great Neck, common border.

4 comments:

Yakov said...

Batya if you'd like to learn how to post your posts with embedded links ... drop by some morning I'll show you how

Batya said...

Thanks but I know how; I'm just lazy. I do it for special things like the Hevel Havalim I've been working on all week. Stay tuned...

Esther said...

I agree -- it's got to be hard to be young now. Innocence is dwindling...

Batya said...

The kids are amazing.