Welcome to Gilis Good Newsletter #89!

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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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Mazal tov to David and Gili Ehrlich on the upcoming marriage of their daughter Elana to Shmuel Halperin on Sunday night!

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While visiting their kids in Israel two weeks ago, tragedy struck the Eisenmann family from Hollywood, Florida.

Their 10-year-old son, Yehuda Aryeh, was seriously injured in a bus accident.

Marc Eisenmann, his father, jumped on a plane to get to Israel as soon as possible. Vivienne Eisenman, the boy’s grandmother, did the next best thing. She called Gili’s Goodies to send a basket of goodies to her grandson in the ICU.

It arrived the following day!

It was indeed a Chanukah miracle that a week later, Yehuda Aryeh was released from the hospital and visited the Kotel to say Birkat Hagomel, the blessing of Thanksgiving, with their close family friend, Yisroel Ehrman.

We are so fortunate to have been able to have a part of this Chanukah miracle!!

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The Washington Wizards’ Israeli Twitter feed posted a video of their star Israeli forward, Deni Avdija, lighting a menorah on the first night of Chanukah this past Sunday.

It took seven weeks, but PM Elect Netanyahu called President Herzog on Wednesday night to inform him that he’s put together a coalition government. He’ll now need to tell the speaker of the Knesset Yariv Levin, who will announce the development during Monday’s legislative session. We hope this government will strengthen Israel and help it grow and prosper in peace and tranquility.

We’ve been covering a lot of archeology, and it keeps coming. The biggest news has been coming out slowly. Anyway, five tablets have been discovered with lots of inscriptions has finally been deciphered. The first tablet was discovered in 1880 in the tunnel and transferred to Istanbul. They more recently found a tablet on a wall at the entrance to the tunnel. It had been eroded over time, but they recently realized that the letters could be restored. So what does it say? Check out the article below and read the whole thing!

Our favorite Ukrainian leader was in Washington this week, which sparked President Biden to make some remarks about Chanukah heroism. He was quoted saying, “a time when Jewish people around the world, President Zelensky and many families among them, honor the timeless miracle of a small band of warriors fighting for the values and their freedom against a much larger foe and how they endured and how they overcame.”

Unilever settled its lawsuit with Ben and Jerry’s board and their parent company, the consumer conglomerate Unilever. It was seen as a big win for pro-Israel groups that put a lot of pressure on Unilever to block B&J’s move to stop Ben and Jerry’s sales in Israel because it’s also sold in the West Bank. It was also seen as a big loss for the BDS movement, which has been trying to influence the conflict through financial pressure.

Thank you to all our customers that placed orders for Chanukah. We worked tirelessly to ensure every order is beautiful and delivered on time.

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.

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

‘I’ve done it’: Netanyahu announces his 6th government, Israel’s most hardline ever

7 weeks after elections and minutes before deadline, Likud head tells president he’s mustered a majority; he has yet to finalize coalition deals with any of his partners

Proof of biblical kings of Israel, Judah deciphered on Jerusalem rock inscriptions

Detailed inscriptions of 8th-century BCE Judean King Hezekiah discovered in ‘monumental’ archaeological discovery.

Meeting Zelensky, Biden likens Ukraine’s fight against Russia to Hanukkah story

At White House press conference, US president says message of Jewish holiday is ‘that light will always prevail over darkness’

Unilever settles dispute with Ben & Jerry’s over Israeli sales

“I am pleased that the litigation between Unilever and the independent board of Ben & Jerry’s has been resolved,” Israeli licensee says.

Recipe Of The Week: Sufganiyot

(Israeli Donuts)

I made the liver last week and my wife didn’t love it. It’s chanukah week. Fry fry fry. So what will you be making? I’ll share my famous better-than-krispy kream doughnut recipe. It’s absolutely incredible and tastes like a crispy cream donut.
Chanukah Sameach!

Smiles Of The Week

Happy Birthdays

Toby Curwin

Aryeh Abramov

Erdynast Family

Itta Gopin

Thank You

Adam Fisher

Matti Rabinowitz

Miss And You Love

Yaakov Newman

Mazel Tov

Katz Family

Lukas Magna

Temima Cohen

Happy Anniversary

Michael And Michal Blaustein


Dani & Chani Silverstein

Happy Chanukah

Buky Stern

Aryeh Goldman

Ben Wolff

Joseph Wolff

Bailey Weinberger

Yerachmiel Braver

Sarit Hoch Markowitz

Elisheva Stern

Ariel Tabarzia

Ben Thaw

Josh Thaw

Huvi Roth

Ben Rosenfeld

Etel Leah Zeitlin

Yehuda Leib Berkowitz

Mateo Levin

Yoni & Esther Lebowitz

Tammy And Chaim Silva And Family

Marsha Joseph

Talya And Eyal Hecht

Igal Carmi

Dani Starr

Jason Levine

Benjamin Rubin

Danny, Courtney, & Shayne Devries

Milana Kohn

Heshy Kohn

Bloomenfeld Family

Gil Rushinek

Amir Yaniv

Michael Hay

Roy Maor

Danny Salkind

Mikey Salkind

Sammy Pollack

Joshua Benjamin

Jake Bareket

Penina Kurtz

Jacob Neumann

Hailey Gately

Maya Davis

Hadassah Kass

Aaron Berger

Shalom Perlman

Elisheva And Yossi Eichenthal

Nachum Silver

Yardena Halevi

Shlomo Kaye

Dassy Fogel

Hannah Feig

Malki And Benji Kooijmans – Kwalwasser

Rina Beer

Benny Mann

Yitzchak Shlomo Roth C/O Shurkin Family C/O Yaakov Lerner

Avital And Shaya Andron

Menucha Widitor

Esther Widitor

Venus Concept Ra/Qa

Josh Van De Riet

Devra Huja

Rivi Frankel

Kivi Friedman

Elisheva Abberbock

Esther Abberbock

Joey Leas

Aron Cohen

Susie & Aaron Berman

Family Goldsmith

Noah Birnbaum

Rav Nachman Seltzer

Isaac Thurm

Jonathan Wayne

David Marmour

Igal Lobik

Gideon Bannett

Chaim Russell

Eli Russell

Rabbi Dani And Batya Zuckerman

Yan Delgado

Julie Knoll Bobrov

Atara Lehman

Dan Hayoun

Michael Berkovich

Shlomo Moor

Yoel Avirbach

Joey Berenholz

Tomer Carmeli

Aharon Blitzer