Welcome to Gilis Good Newsletter #87!
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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Inflation, rising antisemitism, tumbling markets, and other bad news stories are easy to find. So, sit back and enjoy some good news.
Chanukah is in the air. We’re two weeks away and keep finding archeological connections to the Chanukah story. Earlier this month, a coin with Antiochus’s image was found. This week the antiquities authority presented a projectile that was likely slung at Jewish rebels in Yavne, where it was found. I bet that Greek soldier never thought Jews would unearth his “bullet” 2200 years later. The artifact bears the inscription ‘Victory for Heracles and Hauron’. Not exactly.
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Every Chanukah, we partner with 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. While everyone is going to parties and having fun, these soldiers stand 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.
An Israeli company, StemRad, makes anti-radiation equipment for space suits, nuclear workers, and first responders. Their anti-radiation shield is now being tested in outer space by Nasa. This week, former NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly and Oren Milstein, the CEO of StemRad, delivered anti-radiation kits to first responders in Ukraine and personally gave one to President Zelensky himself. The vests should protect them in the event of a nuclear attack. Scary and amazing.
Sasha Baron Cohen reprised his role as Borat to poke fun at Kanye West at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for their annual event Kennedy Center Honors. President Biden was there, and apparently, Borat was complaining that Kanye was hurting his Khazakstan nation because they are the top antisemites. I tried to find the video, but it doesn’t appear available. You’re welcome to read about it below.
As always, I hope to make you smile with some articles and nuggets from the past week.
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Shabbat Shalom and Good Shabbos.