Welcome to Gilis Good Newsletter #87!

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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.

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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.

Speaking of Chanukah, thank you to everyone that has placed Chanukah orders already. We really appreciate your business. If you haven’t yet placed your Chanukah orders we encourage you to do that today. Head to gilisgoodies.com.

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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.

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Finally, an ancient highway was discovered in northern Israel. The road was paved during the reign of the evil Emperor Hadrian. The piece of highway was found near the village of Rumat al-Heib, 20km west of Tiberias. The road was 26 feet wide and 82 feet long. The antiquities authority branded the road as “the Highway 6 of the ancient world”. Highway 6 is the newest highway that runs north and south in Israel. The excavation is part of the development of the Sanhedrin trail, a 70-kilometer walking trail that passes between sites associated with the assembly of 71 sages that comprised the ancient supreme court of Israel.

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2,200-year-old Greek sling bullet may have been used against Jews in Hanukkah story

Found in Yavne and bearing inscription ‘Victory for Heracles and Hauron,’ weapon could have been tool for psychological warfare against Hasmonean soldiers during revolt

Radiation protection from Kyiv to the moon: Israeli space tech to shield Ukrainians

StemRad founder joins former NASA astronaut Scott Kelly to gift Israeli-made anti-radiation vests to first responders, plus one for Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky

Baron Cohen brings back Borat to take on Kanye West: ‘Too antisemitic, even for us’

Comedian says while in character that he’s upset about Jew-hatred in US, because Kazakhstan is ‘No. 1 Jew-crushing nation’

‘Highway of ancient world’: Part of an 1,800-year-old Roman road found in Galilee

Antiquities Authority says it was paved during the reign of emperor Hadrian; excavation works also unearth pottery shards, metal vessels and coins

Recipe Of The Week: Eggplant salad with a heavy flavor

Parshat Vayishlach doesn’t give me much to work with regarding recipes. I made a vegetarian liver last week, and it was delicious!!! 2 Eggplants, three eggs, two fried onions, salt, and pepper. Slice the eggplants into ⅓ inch rings, salt them, and let them sit. The salt will draw out water and bitterness. After 30-45 minutes, wash off the salt and pat them dry with a paper towel. Then cube them up to bake for about 25 minutes with a quick stir halfway through. Add everything to a food processor and blend till smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste. I added some parsley leaves for color and taste. It was great.

Smiles Of The Week

Happy Birthdays

Kayla Siouni

Gideon Rone

Miriam Oppenheimer

Gwenn Normile

Gabe Heyman

Dani Lerman

Atara Tarlow

Erica Weintraub

Shmuel Fogel

Aliza Neuhof

Russell Rothstein

Sherry Amster

Eliana Abrams

Malkie Levine

Sofi Ehrlich

Ari Schick

Calanit Epstein

Michal Kohanbash

Thank You

Liat Ostro-Atia

Tamar Etzyon

Natalie Menaged

Miss And You Love

Ari Smith

Raquel Ackerman

Joshua Missaghi

Avi Borgen


Mrs Sulzbacher And Rachel Exler