A friend recently returned from a trip to the United States where he was teaching and lecturing. We discussed that common sense we all get of feeling depleted when spending time in the lands of the exile . We also agreed that the feeling upon returning is one of being replenished and refilled.
A recent Gallup poll showed that Israelis are amongst the top ten happiest populations in the world ,placing far ahead of the United States and Britain. The Gallup poll surveyed thousands of people in 155 countries focusing questions on their sense of overall “life satisfaction”. In fact some of the countries that topped Israel also top the lists regarding suicide and alcohol abuse ( both are areas in which Israel does not even enter the list). Another recent poll called ,”The War and Peace Index” conducted by the Tami Steinmetz Center for Peace Research found that 80% of the Jews polled defined their personal status as “very good” or “good,” 90% said they think Israel is doing “very well” as a nation; and 81% said they were “very optimistic” or “optimistic” as to the nation’s future.