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Your child is bright, a logical thinker, and is creative and artistic — but he just can’t seem to get the reading, and he’s becoming frustrated, depressed, and defiant. What are Orthodox Jewish parents to do when their child has been diagnosed with dyslexia? Some families have taken brave — if not drastic — measures.
While most attention, not to mention funding, is showered on Americans who have become olim since 1948, less consideration is given to a larger number of yordim — Israelis who have made Americatheir new home during the same era. For decades, the yordim were both disparaged and neglected, and felt estranged from their new land. That has begun to change in the last couple of years, thanks to some new initiatives to keep Israelis from spiraling deep intoAmerica's assimilation trap.
Reb Yosef Friedenson, who passed away just before Purim, experienced the horrors of the Holocaust, but his message to subsequent generations was one of faith and optimism — a message he spread through both his literary work and his many speaking engagements. He was the man who helped change the way we view some of Am Yisrael’s darkest days.