Ynet brings us the wacky story of soldiers who violated rules, were sent to prison, and while there began to take Hebrew lessons. Apparently, these soldiers who are immigrants from the former Soviet Union, didn’t have opportunities within Israeli society to study the language.
â€œA guy didn’t even know how to write his name in Hebrew,â€ a prison source told Ynet. â€œThe first class had 18 soldiers.â€
The soldiers are highly motivated in their prison class, and have met with success and popularity.
â€œThe lessons ran from morning to the afternoon and the soldiers received homework and did it like good students,â€ the source said. â€œAt first, those who avoided joining the class made fun of those who did, but whoever was standing on the outside soon asked to come in.â€
The enterprising commander of the prison is already planning another, more advanced Hebrew class for them.
I think Jewlicious may have the answer to our Jewish education difficulties. Move to Israel, join the IDF, break military rules, go to jail and study Hebrew for free.
I’m sure Judaism classes are pending. Where’s Michael Steinhardt?