How Kids Can Handle Ridicule by Sabras

Published on April 27, 2017

the great majority of what’s called bullying today is verbal – insults. And even most physical fights begin with words; one child insults another, the insulted child gets angry, and before you know it fists are flying. So if kids know how to handle insults, more serious aggression is usually averted.

The most tempting way for Israeli children to bully immigrants is to make fun of their accents. While we may think this is evil on their part, we should realize that it is normal human behavior. When we hear others speak our language poorly and with heavy accents, we also find it funny. By adulthood, most of us have learned to appreciate that foreigners do not deserve to be laughed at for the way they speak, but children are more likely to succumb to their gut instincts and laugh at those who sound strange.

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The “Dirty Little Secret” About Bullying in School

Published on April 18, 2017

Is your child being bullied in school? Have you done as you’ve been told, and reported the problem to the school authorities? And is the problem continuing or even getting worse?

It is no secret that being bullied is an agonizing experience for children. It hurts their self-esteem, mood, popularity and academic functioning. It can even hurt their physical health.

It is also well known that newcomers to a school are especially likely to be picked on. When students come from a different country, the problem can be exponentially worse. As much as we love Israel, we know how prickly “Sabras” – especially children – can be. Many Anglo families are devastated by the humiliation their children experience at the hands of their classmates. Avoidance of bullying has become a major reason for homeschooling throughout the world. In Israel, it has even led some families to give up on Aliyah and return to their country of origin.

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Exodus and Anxiety

Published on April 4, 2017

Slavery, while terrible, represented a secure existence. By that, I mean that life was consistent, unchanging, certain. A slave will never achieve great things or recognition on a greater societal level, but he/she will also rarely encounter doubt and anxiety.

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