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Another week and it was a doozy. We had a political earthquake this week when it became clear that the police were using a tool to hack the cell phones of terrorists for tracking and listening, and using it against politicians, their families, pretty much anyone they wanted. Thus was born the Pegasus scandal, and it’s shaking up the Netanyahu trial and potentially much more with the government putting together an inquiry to get to the bottom of it. Stay tuned…

Yesterday the security establishment killed three terrorists in a daring operation carried out in the middle of Shechem in the middle of the day. As a result, we’re all a little bit safer, and every terrorist should know that if they lift a hand against Israel, we will find them, and they’ll pay the price.

In other news, Israeli researchers from Tel Aviv University were able to regrow spinal tissue and repair animals with spinal cord injuries in what could become an incredible breakthrough for all patients with spinal cord injuries, which is a leading cause of paralysis.

Finally, the shekel has weakened and is now at NIS 3.22 to the US dollar. World governments trying to curb inflation have raised interest rates while Israel hasn’t, causing the shekel to weaken. I’ll take it.

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Bio printed implant may help paralyzed people walk again

First-ever spinal cord implant to treat paralysis without risk of rejection is successfully tested on mice; human trials are expected by end of 2024.

Shekel at weakest in four months

Bank of Israel deputy governor Andrew Abir says that with relatively low inflation Israel can afford not to hike rates.

Israeli skier Szollos surprises with 6th-place finish at Winter Olympics

After best-ever showing for Israel in Olympic ski competition, Szollos says ‘it’s an honor to be here, to represent Israel, and I’m really, really happy

Details Emerge of Complex IDF Operation That Killed Three Palestinian Gunmen in West Bank

Details of Tuesday’s IDF operation that killed three members of a terrorist cell based in the West Bank city of Nablus have emerged in the Israeli media, giving the picture of a swift but complex military action carried out by elite forces.

Recipe of the Week: Schug

So this week, I ordered a hot pepper from my grocery. They delivered about ten. So I’ll be making Green Schug. It’s a Yemenite condiment that comes in 2 varieties, green and red. I prefer the green type because the heat of the peppers is tempered with parsley or cilantro. I’ll try an Israeli recipe I have, but I hope you’ll try this one and let me know how it came out.

Shabbat Shalom and enjoy.


Smiles of the Week

Happy Birthdays

Yehoshua Wyckoff

Yisroel Neuberger

Chana Chava Benji

Yaakov Ellis

Maxwell Schwartz

Jacob Alpert

Ari Ofman

Eliezer Pavel

Rabbi David Chanofsky

Madison Noriani

Yardena Zobin

Yaacov Fein

Shira Alge

Gila Sheps

Malkie Derdik

Ahuva Marciano

Zev Wolff

Zev Bell

Avi Zimmer

Michal Levine

Thank You

Karen And Phil Americus

Mr And Mrs Mark Zohar

Mr And Mrs Eli Friedwald

Family Wachtel

Cantor & Mrs. Weinberg


Miss and Love You

Ella Rose Tav

Hannah Klerer

Basi Bernstein

Susie Muller

Nava Krieger

Jack Berger

Rivky Ostreicher

Happy Valentine’s

Lily Limmer

Sophie Adams

Rachel Valenta

Charlie Ringel

Lily Deitelzweig

Get Well Soon

Sammy Schoen

Kierman Family

Chava Levin

Deborah And Nadav Nahshon

Ari Moskovits


Elie Harir

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