In a recent global survey of the Best Countries in the World, more than 16,000 people responded and named 60 countries.

The first 5 were the top winners: Germany, Canada, United Kingdom, United States and Sweden.

They were ranked according to their economy, educational standards, life styles, cultural and artistic life.

Of the 60 countries ranked, Israel was number 25. In gematria 2 is equal to Bet and 5 is equal to Hay.
Bet and Hay together= B’H, blessed is God.

So we in Israel are a nation truly blessed by God.

Our economy is high. Our educational standards are excellent. Our universities are world renowned. Our life styles vary according to the one hundred nations which comprise our multi-national population, and our cultural and artistic life is our dreams fulfilled.

Luxembourg and Singapore ranked high but did not make it into the elite nations class.

Germany and France are respected for the values which they place upon the working population.

In Germany, every worker gets six weeks of paid vacation each year and in France, the month of August is vacation paradise with full salary for the working French public.

Unhappily, Israel has not yet reached that level of generosity.

But for all that, I am proud to be #25. With all our faults and squabbles we are a people who can live in harmony and respect with our neighbors. Friendships in Israel are unparralleld anywhere in the world.

We share our different cultures with one another. Ashkenazim have learned to enjoy shakshuka and Sephardim are gradually learning to find gefilte fish tasty. They prefer it charif…lots of horseradish (not schug).

Sephardim smack lips when devouring a cheese blintz and Ashkenazim pile the tehina high on their falafel in pita.

Now, if such a survey were taken in our country among our own people, can anyone guess what rank would be given to our beloved Israel?