Welcome to Gilis Good Newsletter #50!
This newsletter puts together a little bit about what’s been happening in Israel over the last week. We try to keep it positive. That’s why it’s the Good Newsletter.
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The war in Ukraine is heartbreaking, and it’s impacting us all. However, we’ll still make this the “good” newsletter and focus on the positives of the last week. In addition, we’ll be delivering mishloach manot to the refugees that have arrived in Israel. If you’d like to order mishloach manot for the refugees, you can click the banner below.
Only one week left till Purim. Thank you to all of you that already placed your mishloach manot orders. For everyone else, next Thursday is the big day for everywhere except Jerusalem, which will celebrate on Friday. Our deadline for outlying places is TODAY! #afreilichinpurim
If you’re ordering to the country’s center or Outside Jerusalem, your deadline is on Monday. Finally, if you want to place an order to Jerusalem or Gush Etzion, you have until Tuesday, but why leave it to the last minute. Order today and have a restful Shabbat knowing you’re loved ones are going to be smiling ear to ear when Gili’s comes knocking.
On Motzai Shabbat, we found out about PM’s efforts to end the war in Ukraine. When he took a private jet to Moscow to speak to Putin, he then flew to Germany to update the German Chancellor. Since then, he’s had multiple conversations with both sides. I have no idea if it’ll lead anywhere, but I applaud him for trying.
President Herzog made a historic trip to Turkey where he met with Turkish President Erdogan. The hope is that the tide is turning. Turkey wants to thaw the relationship between the two countries since a series of incidents, including the Mavi Marmara flotilla, put relations on ice. So Hertzog met with Erdogan, and apparently, they had a fruitful conversation towards advancing ties. I guess he sees what’s happening in the Arab world with the Abraham accords, and he wants to get in too. We’ll see. 👀
An American tourist checking out caves around Qumran, where the dead sea scrolls were found, stumbled across a fully intact clay jug. He did the right thing and called his buddy from the antiquities authority, and they determined that it was a unique discovery from the early bronze age, think Avraham Avinu time, -3000 to 2500 BC. Cool stuff.
Finally, Bibi’s got covid. The opposition leader and former PM is resting and feeling fine, but the illness while he recuperates. So he joins the 46,000+ active cases of covid. His trial was already delayed because the judge got covid. Thankfully, the numbers continue to decline, and by the end of March, the covid rules will be scaled back even further, and we’ll go off into the sunset towards a covid-free world.
As always, I hope to make you smile with some articles and nuggets from the past week.
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