The Light of Tzvi Yehudah

This is the beginning of a series of posts that I would like to call “the people that make Israel work.”  For those of you whose behavior is not Torah positive, observe what Abraham Lincoln called the “better Angels of our nature.” Part of a speech by Lincoln at the beginning of the American Civil War, it seems appropriate for our conflict ridden society.  He closed his first inaugural speech with “I am loath to close. We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection.”  Let’s begin that look in French Hill.

I live in Geulah in Jerusalem.  I have mentioned in a past op-ed my distaste for demonstrations and property destruction in this area.  Often, I have had to dismount the bus before Kikar Shabbat, a favorite area for malcontents to begin campfires in dumpsters.  The tragedy at hand here was that the “avrechim” were boys who looked to me to be no more than 7 or 8.  Chaval that such young minds are poisoned to think that mob violence against the Jewish State is not only permitted, but encouraged and lauded.

As the hot anger came into mind, some light remaining from earlier in the day cooled it.  Earlier that day, I had the great pleasure of speaking with Orit, the president of Ulpanat Tzvia Yetziratit where my lovely daughter Gabi will be starting her seventh grade year in the fall of 2018. I would encourage any Dati Leumi family to enroll their daughter in this lovely school.

The school is a part of the countrywide Tzvia girls school system.  It opened in French Hill in 1998 to perpetuate the teachings of Rav Tzvi Yehudah Kook.  As an alumni of a Machon Meir, a division of Merkaz HaRav, this pleased me greatly.  The campus contains a unique middle and high school for girls in grades 7-12. The girls are given the option to choose between different art majors like architecture, graphic arts and dance.

From what I understand, there is an excellent teacher staff that aims to educate the girls and raise a generation of creative and religious girls learning arts in an atmosphere of Torah values together with a lot of love, warmth, and personal connections. All of the girls that I met were very well behaved and very helpful to me with any of my questions.  Let me quite assure you, I am well pleased with my daughter’s choice.

My lucky girl will obviously join the action with a cohesive and supportive staff as well as a lovely group of girls from all of the grades. Every girl receives a grade and accompanies it throughout the year, creating special connections with the girls, whether in personal conversations, advice and just being a role-model for girls – and becomes a person who is especially loved by the girls. In addition to this, the bnot sherut accompany the girls who are struggling educationally and socially. They run activities in classes and among the whole school. Hours of work: Around the clock

As an oleh, I can tell you from experience that the education children receive in such schools is exceptional.  My daughter attends the Tzvia campus in Maale Adumim. Her development is going so very well.  I feel that the future is just as bright for my Gabi in French Hill.  The education they receive in the Tzvia school system not only works, but works well.

Undoubtedly, my girls are making friends among the girls and mentors among the staff, teachers and madrichim that will help them along in life.  This is a life lit by the light of the Torah of Tzvi Yehudah Kook, a light of love.  It will dispense will all of the darkness they will encounter in their life.  If you hand this life to your daughter, you also will be happy as I am.

About the Author
Akiva ben Avraham is a former community college adjunct, US Army intelligence analyst and officer, and a caregiver.