The Idiot’s Guide to Ulpan

My latest on the Times of Israel (this one I had been thinking about for years)…. what’s more universal for an immigrant than Ulpan?

There comes a time in many immigrants’ lives that tests their will like never before.

A rite of passage that requires strength and perseverance, surrounding them in unfamiliar places with strange faces, making them question their very existence.

The army?

I’m talking about Ulpan, quite possibly the most important benefit a new immigrant could receive, excluding therapy. All olim chadashim (new immigrants) are granted five months of free, intensive Hebrew instruction by the Ministry of Absorption. Free health insurance is also available for five months because in order to get through Ulpan, you may need to take drugs.

Read the rest here, on the Times of Israel….

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