Welcome to Gilis Good Newsletter #62!
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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A good summer to you. The traditional post-Shavuot greeting is Kayitz Tov or Kayitz Baree for a good and healthy summer. The weather is summery, with sweltering temperatures expected through the Shabbat.
Yeshiva and Seminary students are already heading back to their parents and families worldwide. So it’s the perfect time to send end-of-the-year gifts to the staff members at those yeshivas and seminaries. Last year, a mother of a student at Meohr organized an order for the staff from 15 parents. You can’t imagine the joy it sparks and the feelings of appreciation it conveys. Order Now.
In other news, this was a tough week for the coalition. I’m not exactly sure what’s going on, but it seems like a sinking ship. Check out the op-ed from Times of Israel Editor David Horovitz. That should help demystify what’s happening.
CNN Anchor Jake Tapper was on Stephen Colbert’s late show earlier this week and went viral speaking about his Seder in a Box that he enjoyed when in Ukraine over Pesach. Check it out.
Israel lost a cultural icon this week when Uri Zohar passed away at age 86. Uri’s story is an incredible one. Growing up on a Kibbutz with zero Jewish education, he became one of Israel’s biggest celebrities. He starred in and directed at least 30 films and dozens of television programs. Then, suddenly, at the height of his celebrity, he walked away from it all to learn Torah full time and become a Baal Teshuva. I recommend you listen to the meaningful podcast interview with Uri and read the obituary I included below. #yehizichrobaruch
Last week, I asked you all to send in your cheesecake recipes, and we received one. Thank you to Mary Hartigan from Columbia, MO, for sharing your best cheesecake, Bailey’s Chocolate Cheesecake. If you have a recipe you’d like to share, send it in.
Finally, Iran got in some trouble with the UN’s IAEA when they censured Iran over it’s nuclear program. It’s the first such motion and it doesn’t have any teeth to it but it’s better than nothing i guess. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
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.