In Israel Education, we are constantly looking for ways to convey some of the unique experiences of Israeli culture in an effort to make Israel more tangible, personal, real. More often than not, we look "beyond the headlines" to show an Israel that is not all about conflict and tragedy. Sadly, however, upon occasion we find a unique and inspirational teaching moment in the tragedy of the day's headlines. Today is such a day.
Composer Maya Raviv (photo, right: from a 2009 performance with the Schalit family at the Kabalat Shabbat in the tent in Jerusalem) is a neighbor of the Schalit family in Mitzpe Hila in Northern Israel. As an active supporter of the Schalit family in their struggle to free their son, Raviv put her extraordinary talents into a song dedicated to Gilad Schalit.