The Shtisel effect

They may be entertainment shows, but the characters and storylines can become part of daily discussions, and help foster pride in one’s new country’s talented artists and cultural success.

March 3, 2019 10:27
3 minute read.

Shtisel. (photo credit: Courtesy)


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One of the most fascinating aspects of making aliyah is watching how easily young people are able to integrate in a new world, learn a new language and fit in with a completely different culture. Our children were 9 and 10 years old when we arrived in Israel from South Africa. Looking back, I would suggest that in their case, this was arguably the ideal age to start out in a new country. Why? They get the best of both worlds, so to speak – they are old enough to remember the traditions, positive traits and culture of their early childhood years, but young enough to easily immerse themselves in a new culture without any fears or insecurities.


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