Feb 13, 2019

102 year old kindergarten student

There's a cute story in the news today about a 102 year old man who received a letter from his local municipal offices that he should register for kindergarten. The letter was sent "to the parents of Yosef Eshed"..

Yosef Eshed was one of the founders of the State of Israel - not quite in the league of David Ben Gurion, Menachem Begin and the like, but he played an important role nonetheless. Eshed, born in Poland, immigrated to Palestine in 1936. In 1938 Eshed served in Orde Wingate's Special Night Squad division and was an officer in the Royal British army and served, among other things, protecting the oil pipeline laying ambush and attacking terror units targeting the pipeline.

According to Yediot, Eshed is the last surviving member of Wingate's Special Night Squad units...

So why is Eshed being invited to register for kindergarten? It seems the municipal computers could not handle the 3 digits of his age and dropped the leading 1. The computers though he was 02 years old, so they sent him the letter. It seems Eshed's parents are not available though, so he had to open the letter himself, and decide whether or not to register.

As an aside, it turns out 19 other letters were sent out to people over 100 years old. When the issue became known, some were caught and taken out of the system and some were actually sent out..

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  1. A friend of mine recently received a letter addressed to her for Gan registration. She was surprised as her youngest kid is already in elementary school. The letter was to register her ex-husband for Gan.

    1. lol. how did that happen? any explanation?


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