Welcome back to Gilis Good Newsletter #34
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 ten-year-old in the photo made an amazing discovery when she was sifting through Temple Mount dirt the Waqf dumped when they did some “construction project” back in 2005 or so. Anyway, here’s the best part. The coin is pure silver and was made in the Beit Hamikdash. That’s right, it’s dated from the year 68 AD, the second year of the great revolt, by a Cohen that has joined the rebellion. So it’s one of only a few actual artifacts we have that originated in the holy temple.
Tehran, the Israeli drama series about an Israeli spy in Tehran, won an International Emmy this week for best drama. We hope to have good news about the city and government in Tehran, speedily and in our days.
Israel signed a historic defense memorandum of understanding with Morocco. It seems like that’s regular news nowadays. In other news, Belgium decided to label Israeli products from Yehuda and Shomron with special labels. I guess that’s a pressing need there.
Israeli kids are now eligible to get vaccinated against covid19, and 8000 have already received the shot. Corona numbers have been and continue to be at a simmer. Let’s hope that trend continues.
Unfortunately, we had a terrorist attack on Sunday morning when a Hamas terrorist opened fire, killing 26-year-old Eli Kay, a South African Oleh, and wounding four others, 2 of them seriously.
Thousands mourned him at his funeral and while I like to focus on the good news, we’re also mourning Eli Kay and wish his family to be comforted among the mourners of Zion.
Chanukah is right around the corner and our elves have been hard at work putting together all the Chanukah orders to be delivered over the chag.
If you still haven’t placed your Chanukah order, there is still time! Order today and send a “sweet hug” to your friends and family in Israel.
We wish you all a beautiful, warm, happy, and meaningful Chanukah.
Just a reminder that every Chanukah, we partner with the Michael Levin Base and an organization known as Achi Achi, which delivers sufganiyot to IDF soldiers all over the country. It’s a beautiful initiative, as Chanukah is often cold and rainy, and while everyone is going to parties and having fun, these soldiers are standing on the front lines, protecting that right. So it’s even more special when we show up with fresh sufganiyot for our Chayalim. You can help support this initiative here.
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