The one thing I like about the first day of school is on the 6:00am news.
Every year, they announce how many children are currently studying in the Israeli education system, from preschools for age 3 through grade 12.
For years, the number was "over one and a half million", which always made me smile - because that number, 1,500,000 is approximately the number of Jewish children, including my mother's aunts , uncles and sole first cousin, murdered by hitler and his helpers (may they all rot in ... forever).
This year, that number is "almost two million", which means that there are now over one and a half million Jewish children currently living in the Jewish Sovereign State of Israel, attending schools that not only are open to Jews without quotas, but have their Torah (and other) studies funded by tax dollars.
The miracles that brought us from "that place" to where we are now are impossible to count. So, every year, on the first day of school, I see that little 6am statistic as the "stars in the sky" - for which I say Thank You, Hashem, for allowing my children to be part of Your promise to Avraham.