Israel’s Government Employment Agency has issued a dire statistic stating that the unemployment rate in Israel has risen to 22.6 percent of the entire workforce. Currently, some 939,459 people in Israel have registered for unemployment.
Before the Covid-19 Coronvirus struck, Israel’s unemployment rate was among the lowest it has ever been hovering around 4 percent. Over the past month, with the onset of the virus and its continued growth in Israel, rates of people registering for unemployment reached more than 5,000 per hour at times.
The Employment Agency has predicted that if the rate of unemployment registration continues, then more than 1,000,000 people will be unemployed in Israel before pesach.
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)
What’s even more horrific, is that a very large segment of the population are perpetually unemployed and spend a “good” part of the day learning, or at least are associated with a Yeshiva or Kollel. They are dependent on the handouts from their parents or the small salary earned by the .. the Eshes Chail. Because the parents are now unemployed and are struggling just to keep themselves afloat, the responsibility of supporting all their children who are… are Klei Kodesh is a tremendous financial burden.
If we write the official name of the Corona Virus (COVID-19) in Hebrew, we can get a clue on how to cure it:
We need to show proper respect for the Ribono Shel Olam, each other, and the upcoming Yom Tov.
As CHAZAL taught us: “BeNisan Nigalu UVeNisan Asidim LeHigael.” BV”A.