The Talmud talks about kindness as a prime Jewish trait. I think that the following statistics reinforce this assessment.
According to the Israeli Center for Third Sector Research at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, 45 percent of the adult Jewish population - approximately 1.6 million people - volunteers for some organization or in the community in which they live.
Prof. Benny Gidron, the director of the center, notes that not only has the rate of volunteerism risen by almost 50 percent in the past decade, the number of hours spent volunteering has grown substantially, from 160 hours a year in 1997 to 247 hours a week in 2006
Truly impressive! Sometimes Israelies are seen as brash or rude. This statistic should certainly reinforce the Sabra imagery: sweet on the inside, prickly on the outside!