As Israel’s schools launched the educational year to much fanfare Monday, some of the leading Knesset members waxed nostalgic, taking to social media to post baby-faced photos of their early years and offering wistful comments along with some advice.
Justice Minister Tzipi Livni posted a picture of herself in a school play, alongside a message urging the students embarking on their first day to never give up.
“And in the most difficult moments — and there will be some — remember what my mother told my math teacher, who complained about my grades: ‘The most important thing is that she is a [decent] person.’ Remember that if someone, a teacher or anyone else, says you can’t — he’s wrong. The sky is the limit, if you will it,” she wrote.
Opposition leader Isaac Herzog (Labor) weighed in with a black-and-white photograph of his own, and wrote: “The boys and girls beginning the school year today are those who will inherit the state. For them we must build a just and equal society, to give hope for peace and a vision for a better future.”
Some, like Welfare Minister Meir Cohen, kept it short and sweet, pointing to the date and place where the picture was taken (Morocco, 1961), and stating: “Pleasant to remember.”
Labor MK Hilik Bar posted a photo, noted it was from 33 years ago, and said: “How young and innocent we were then.”
Yesh Atid’s Adi Kol and the Jewish Home’s Ayelet Shaked follow suit.
“Everyone talks about September 1st. I actually remember the night before. A night of tossing and turning. Of thoughts. Of questions. Of uncertainty,” Kol wrote.