The School Principal Who Learned How to Succeed the Hard Way

Michael Ben Sheetrit had a hardscrabble childhood. He eventually realized that you can’t rely on the government or social justice, but must seize the day by pursuing education.

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Michael Ben Sheetrit should have been a classic example of how inequality is perpetuated in Israeli society. His mother earned a pittance as a nurse and factory worker, while his father didn’t work. His family...