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Facing challenges 25 years after Rabin’s assassination, and today, with COVID-19

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This year, as an educator, I have a heightened sense of responsibility because we are living in times of crisis and difficulty. Our world fell apart in one fell swoop with the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. In confronting this, crisis, I believe that education plays an essential role in building resilience for our students, and for society.

We have just marked the 25th anniversary of the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, an event that shook Israeli society and deeply wounded it. This cataclysmic event challenged Israeli democracy and widened the chasm that had already existed along political, religious, ethnic and economic lines. Marking Rabin’s death opens up possibilities for all of us, to examine our role in instilling democratic and pluralistic values in Israeli society.

The coronavirus will pass. I hope we can preserve the many lessons we have learned........

© The Times of Israel (Blogs)

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