Why bad news is news.

Have you ever stopped to think of why the vast majority of news-items are portraying negative and bad events?


It is because good and positive things happen all the time, so they are not an exception worth mentioning. They are the norm. Isn’t that just wonderful?!

We live in a good world. People are helpful to each other and try to cooperate and build something positive together. It is when people try to harm each other and be destructive that it is an exception and makes the news. While I wish there would be less events worthy of news reports from my surroundings, I am thankful that they are the exception, and that goodness is the norm.

So many good things are happening, small and big. Children learning new things. Families and friends celebrating Shabbat together. Everyone rejoicing over the showers of rain which blessed our land lately. Walking the streets of Jerusalem on Shabbat and being at synagogue praying along with everyone else for peace to bless our people and our land. Sharing a smile and a shalom for the second time with the elderly man on a neighborhood bench today. Moments of goodness.

Or moments of coexistence, when you wait for a green light right next to a Muslim person, or end up being helped by an Arab in a shop. Lately there have been many photos shared on social media of Israeli soldiers sharing their food with Arab children. Why doesn’t it make the news? Because it is the norm! It is no exception! Isn’t that just great?!


The good news is that evil is still the exception! Goodness is still the norm! We have reason to rejoice! We live in a good world!

As God created everything, He saw that it was good! And God Himself, who is so good, created man in His image, – so each one of us have a little bit of His goodness in us! May we look for that in the people we meet on our journey through life!


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