Education Ministry to launch Jewish-Israeli culture curriculum for secular pupils

April 20, 2016 15:27

The Education Ministry intends to launch a new curriculum for the upcoming school year in State secular schools on Jewish-Israeli culture, the ministry announced on Wednesday.

The new program seeks to introduce pupils to the world of multi-faceted Judaism, adapting its relevance to fit the context of modern Israeli society.

“The Jewish story that has been passed down from generation to generation should continue to be told.  We should not cut the link. This is what was done,” said Education Minister Naftali Bennett on Wednesday.

“To know who we are, to know or forefathers, Maimonides, Yehuda HaLevi's songs, and also the life of Nahman Bialik and the writings of Ehad Ha'am, to understand the issues of the [Passover] Seder, and what the fast of the 17th of Tamuz is.  All are important no less than mathematics. This we will do,” he said.

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