Tuesday, July 10, 2012

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Two More Signs

by Reb Gutman Locks @ Mystical Paths


     You asked for more signs that Redemption is happening right now. Look at these.

     Life expectancy in Israel is one of the highest in the world! According to the news, life expectancy here is over 81 years old, and according to other internet sources, it is 82 years. If you measure only the Jewish life expectancy in Israel it is at least 6 months higher than this![iv] Can you think of a better reason to live here? Hashem is calling us home.

     A recent News article quoted the Israeli Health Ministry. It said that the longer and healthier life span in Israel is due to the positive influences of the Mediterranean diet, climate, lifestyle and even religious observance. Wow! The Israeli government saying that being religious is good for your health. If that’s not a sign Redemption is happening…!

     A new book by two University professors, one from America and one from British Columbia, is called “Happy Money.” It is based on their research in many countries of the world. Their conclusion is people who spend money on themselves no matter what they bought were no happier after buying the object than they were before buying it. But people who spent the money on others, be it family members, or homeless people, were happier than those who spent it on themselves.

     They wrote: “We see this pattern time and time again, nearly everywhere we’ve looked in the world, in countries ranging from Canada to Uganda to India to South Africa: Spending money on other people is linked to happiness.”

    The Torah says it this way; “A man’s gift makes room for him.”[v] The Rambam tells us that “there is no greater joy than assisting the poor.”

     Now we have secular professors telling the secular world that they will be happier when they give than when they take…another sign that the world is waking up.

[i] Leviticus 18:5, Sanhedren 74a

[ii] Deuteronomy 6:2

[iii] After blessing

[iv] Israeli arab life expectancy is currently approximately 74.6 which is some 10 years longer than arabs in arab countries.

[v] Proverbs 18:9


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