Random Holiday Thought....
Instead of starting school on September 1 then breaking for two days of New Years (preceeded by a school holiday for Erev Rosh Hashanah) and then Yom Kippur, then breaking again for Sukkot, why can't we just start school either (1) earlier or (2) after the chagim, and take from Erev Rosh Hashanah until Simchat Torah off? Why are adults working and kids in school during the High Holy Days, and just how much work and how much learning does anyone really think is being done with all these on-again-off-again holidays?
So start school on August 20th, and take three weeks off during the holidays.....half of my ulpan class is gone to France, to England, to the US anyway to hook up with family.
Enough. I have no coherent thought left....we have a charming guest for the holiday and Shabbat; I have to clean the bathrooms, change the sheets, do grocery shopping and go to Modi'in to get a price quote on the new-condo kitchen and we're closing next week (b'ezrat H"S)on the Modi'in cottage!