Welcome to Gilis Good Newsletter #85!

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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.

We’re all feeling horrible about yesterday’s attack. I love making this all good news, but the elephant in the room is sometimes too big to ignore. I encourage you to read the Twitter thread of Rabbi Uri Pilichowski. His daughter was at the attack but walked away unscathed. Unfortunately, not everyone was as fortunate, and we wish a refuah shelaima to the injured and our condolences to the families who’ve lost their beloved. We pray that our security establishment and G-d will protect us and that those who lift a hand to hurt us will be annihilated.

We still don’t have a new government, but there is a lot of pressure to get a deal done very soon, so we’re hoping we’ll talk about it next week.

We’re all geared up for Black Friday. The sale started today in earnest, and it’s an excellent opportunity to order all your Chanukah and birthday/occasion gifts and save 15%. The sale ends on Sunday night but don’t delay. Place your order and check something off your to-do list.

Chodesh Tov! Today we’re celebrating Rosh Chodesh Kislev, the month of our victory over the Antiochus and the Greeks, which we celebrate on Hanukkah. On Tuesday, the Israel antiquities authority announced that they retrieved the coin from a collection of stolen artifacts they found at home in Kiryat Shemoneh. They caught the thief while he was walking around Ramot Menashe in the Galilee with a metal detector. Amazing to see this coin as we’re going into the Chanukah season in the newly formed state of Israel 2200 years later. Look who’s laughing now.

An Israeli company has developed an app that can predict heart failure before it becomes fatal. In addition, it can contact doctors and emergency services to get the person medical care that could save their life. It works because people with known heart conditions speak into the app daily, and when it detects an anomaly in their speech, it sounds the alarm. The app is now going through peer reviews, but initial testing is complete, and the results are very promising.

In a bittersweet story, the body of Tiran Fero, a Druze teen killed in a car accident, was returned to his family. The body was on life support in a hospital in Jenin after the accident when terrorists unplugged him and kidnapped his body. The Druze community was seething mad, but thanks to the help of the PA, his body was returned to his family for burial.

Floyd Mayweather, the name didn’t mean much to me until this week. I knew he was a boxer, and that was about it. Floyd is one of the most successful boxers of all time and one of the wealthiest athletes, with a net worth of around a billion dollars. His nickname is Money. Anyway, Floyd visited Israel with his entourage and got around. He was at the Kotel, on the Aish rooftop, at Burgers Bar in Efrat, and I’m sure many other exciting places. Thanks for coming and showing the world what a beautiful country we have. #ThanksFloyd

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*The views and opinions expressed in the articles linked in the articles below may not reflect the opinions and attitudes of Gilis Goodies

Israeli app sounds alarm before heart failure — just by analyzing your voice

In congestive heart failure study with recovered patients who used HearO, its technology predicts some 82% of relapses, catching them on average 18 days before they occur

Floyd Mayweather spotted on surprise visit to Jerusalem

Arriving from Dubai, Mayweather seen strolling the old city of Jerusalem and visiting the Mahane Yehuda market as he pauses for photos with fans, later attending a basketball match in Tel Aviv

Rare coin from Hanukkah story villain era found in theft suspect’s home

Antiochus IV, referred to as “Evil Antiochus” in Jewish lore, is remembered as a major villain and persecutor in Jewish history, particularly the story of Hanukkah.

Teenager’s body snatched by Palestinian gunmen returned to family in Israel

IDF says Tiran Fero brought back with help of PA after being kidnapped from Jenin hospital in incident that infuriated Druze community and threatened to spiral into major crisis

Recipe Of The Week: Lentil Soup

This week’s torah portion opens with the story of Yaakov’s purchase of the birthright for a bowl of red lentil soup. It’s also getting colder and rainier and we should get some rain over shabbat. Lentil soup is great for a cold wet day. It’s also really easy. Enjoy.

Smiles Of The Week

Happy Birthdays

Sherwin And Shoni Pomerantz

Samuel Ashendorf

Noach Plotkin

Baylee Springer

Akiva And Eitan Platnick

Natan Solomon

Ariel Woolf

Ezra Feder

Yossi Braun

Benjamin Selig

Nava Braun

Yona Steinman

Chaviva Kurtz

Chananya Halpern

Rabbi Yoel Rottenstein

Natanel Aiash

Dassy Fogel

Yehudis Levine

Aliza And Jonathan Neuhof

Sheina Tzippora Zisel Karkowski

Becky Mark

Noah Goldstein

Annalie Cohen

Max Buch

Natanya & Yehuda Atias

Miss And You Love

Allison Schwartz

Alon Binman

Avery Hyman

Marsha Joseph

Dori Gould

Dana Spira

Rav Moshe Adam & Family

Molly Bock

Mazel Tov

Mindy Leventhal


Rav Ari And Anita Berman

Sarit And Shlomo Elias