The key to keeping Israeli society happy

The key to keeping Israeli society happy

By SHARONA MARGOLIN HALICKMAN
November 29, 2017 17:24
Illustration by Pepe Fainberg

Illustration by Pepe Fainberg. (photo credit: PEPE FAINBERG)

 
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ISRAEL RANKED 11th in the 2017 World Happiness Report prepared under the auspices of the United Nations. Are Israelis really happier than people who live in almost every country in the world? Prof. Tal Shavit of the College of Management Academic Studies told Yedioth Ahronoth that one of the reasons that Israel is one of the happiest countries is because we are doing relatively well economically, there is a low percentage of unemployment and people enjoy their work. But if people are happy when they enjoy their work, what happens when they retire? We need to take it upon ourselves to make sure that Israel’s senior citizens remain hap- py even after they have left the workplace.

Respect for the elderly has always been a Jewish value. As we read in Leviticus 19:32, “Before the gray-haired you shall rise, and honor the face of the elder ( zaken ) and fear your God; I am the Lord.”

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