Teenager’s lung saves Israeli President’s wife

Israel’s First Lady, Nechama Rivlin, has had a single lung transplant at Beilinson Hospital in Petach Tikvah. Mrs. Rivlin has suffered from pulmonary fibrosis for several years. The lung was donated by the family of Yair Halbali, 19 (z”l), who recently drowned in Eilat.

Mike Huckabee walks the Pilgrims’ Road

Ex-Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee gets a personal guided tour of the City of David in Jerusalem. He describes it as validation that the Jewish people have their capital here and is their ancestral homeland.  It is not just stories – it’s things that are physical, that you can point to.

Changing the conversation

Please watch this great response to a BDS supporter. “We (Israel) built an amazing and remarkable country. You won’t be able to wake up in the morning because the chip is built in Intel in Israel. And on the way to work you will get lost because of Waze…. What’s your invention?”

The joy at being able to save a life

Thousands of Israeli Jews on Ezer Mizion’s database cannot believe their good fortune to find they are a match for someone needing a stem cell transplant.  Although they are not allowed to know who the patient is, they often write their good wishes anonymously to the stem cell recipient.

Restoring Torah scrolls for the IDF

I reported previously that the International Young Israel Movement repairs Torah scrolls and donates them to IDF bases. Another organization Oz Ve’Hadar also does this valuable work – some of the scrolls were originally read in communities destroyed in the Shoah.

Paramedics hold the baby

When a Kiryat Malachi mom cut her finger badly, EMTs from United Hatzalah bandaged it and then told her husband to take her to the ER at the local hospital. Who’s left holding the baby?  The paramedics of course - only in Israel!  Also, Friends of United Hatzalah raised $5 million in Los Angeles.

Israel’s quality of life improves

New figures from Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics show that since 2017, Israelis’ material lives have improved. Quality of life has been enhanced even in the environment and personal security. Of the 70 parameters it measures, life improved in 35 of them.

More lost property returned by Israel Railways

Cleaning staff at Ra'anana West train station discovered a bag containing NIS 234,000 in checks on a train arriving from Be'er Sheva. After returning the checks to the owner, shift manager Alon Katriel was "happy that I managed to return such a valuable…it’s a great mitzvah.”

Continuing Rabbi Eckstein’s mission

On 25th Feb, 243 new immigrants from the Ukraine landed in Israel on a flight organized by the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ). They were met by Yael Eckstein, President-elect of the IFCJ, succeeding her father Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein who passed away recently.

Don’t let Hatzala run out of gas

This campaign video from Hatzala Beit Shemesh shows what could happen if its funds dry up.  Please help if you can. (video features the son of one of VeryGoodNewsIsrael’s most loyal readers)