Welcome to Gilis Good Newsletter #88!

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We have an important announcement. Our daughter Elana is getting married on Sunday the 25th. That means we won’t fulfill any orders from Thursday the 22nd through Monday the 26th. We’ll return to work delivering your sweet hugs on Tuesday, the 27th. So, if you want someone to receive an order on Chanukah, make sure to order today!!

Thank you to all our customers that placed orders for Chanukah. We’ve been working tirelessly to ensure every order is beautiful and gets delivered on time.

The Antiquities Authority is releasing all kinds of interesting Chanuka-related artifacts in the buildup toward Chanukah. This week I read about a hoard of coins buried in a wooden box in a cave in the Judean desert during the time of the Revolt of the Chashmonaim. What’s interesting is that Sefer Hamaccabim mentions rebels that went to hide in the desert. They surmise that someone buried the box hoping to return and retrieve it later, and they likely died. What’s interesting is the coins in the box. The box contained 15 silver coins from the Maccabean period.

In other Numismatic news, a silver half-shekel coin was discovered near Har Habayit dated to the Great Revolt 66-70 CE. Many coins have been found in digs around the temple mount, but this specific coin is only the third one ever discovered and the first to be found in an excavation. Moreover, it was the last of the coins that had Shekel written on it. That was until 1980 when the bank of Israel issued the New Israeli Half Shekel.

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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.

Israel is taking part in a study testing a new drug to combat the effects of ALS. Toferson is injected into the spine like an epidural. Two Israeli ALS patients were some of the first to receive the drug. The drug was developed by Massachussets-based Biogen and isn’t suitable for all ALS patients since the disease has different causes. Only patients with the disease caused by a faulty SOD1 gene can benefit from the drug. Nevertheless, the treatment is potentially a game changer, and it’s exciting that Israel is doing its part to advance the medication.

Finally, a new museum had its inauguration this week. The Eli Cohen museum in Herzliya is a spy museum that shows the tactics used, focusing on the most famous Israeli spy. It was revealed at the inauguration the reason for his capture was that his messages were intercepted and triangulated. They also revealed details about his last report, which revolved around a discussion at the Syrian General Staff with the participation of then-president Amin-Al-Hafez. The document would be donated to the museum for display.

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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

2,200-year-old coins proving Hanukkah story of Maccabees found in Israel

The coins, dating back to the period leading up to the Maccabean revolt, were discovered in the Wadi Muraabat Caves in Nahal Darga.

Silver coins found near Temple Mount prove Jewish history of Israel

“This is the third coin of this type found in excavations in Jerusalem, and one of the few ever found in archeological excavations,” said the researchers.

‘New era of treatment’: Israelis among first to receive ‘game-changing’ ALS medicine

Tofersen, which is injected into the spine like an epidural, is giving new hope to two patients at Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center

Mossad head reveals how Syria found Eli Cohen, discloses spy’s final message

Inaugurating museum named for legendary secret agent, Barnea says Cohen was caught because his cables were ‘intercepted and triangulated,’ not because he transmitted too frequently

Recipe Of The Week: Crispy and Creamy Doughnuts

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

Shira, Hannah

Ezra Zucker

Alon Varod

Itta Gopin

Josef Avinir

Yaakov Jofen

Marty Tabaksblatt

Leah Rochester

Yisroel Bree

Shana Nathanson

Nava Levine

Ari Schick

Avishag Ben-Ami

Michal Kohanbash

Shevy And Michael Nagel

Devra Huja

Thank You

Aviv Loewenstein

Shachar Guz

Liat Ostro-Atia

Tamar Etzyon

Miss And You Love

Avi Borgen

Katz Family

Dalya Pickholtz

Rabbi Harvey & Vivien Well

Happy Chanukah

Ruth Mashiach

Shana Mermelstein

Revi Benshoshan

Yonit And Raphi Schorr

Aliza Adler

Jonah Weinstein

Azi Jacobson

Ayelet Jacobson

Tovi Litwack

Amos Adler

Ravid Sela

Shay Fahima

Jonathan Farber

Milen Hadaya

Moshi Blum

Sagi Ribak

Michael Sheridan

Chen Manzur

Tom Cohen

Itay Naftaly

Noga Laron

Tanya Zaritsky

Eyal Argon

Roy Tzayag

Samantha Benjamin

Gadi Shoshani

Nimrod Klinger

Omer Gerzon

Talia Zulty

Mor Stone

Tomer Weisman

Eitan Babay

Amit On

Uri Pearl

Dvora Pinto

Eli Schuchman

Shua Schuchman

Cutler Family

Hannah Vulakh

Tehila Mahalli

Tziporah Mehdizadeh

Adina Mahalli

Atara Zinkin

Rabbi And Mrs. Shmuel Zucker

Deena Erdfarb

Tziporah Nesher

Shay Shamir And Hamutal Yitzak Else Nutrition Holdings Inc.

Assaf Yafin

Myheritage Ltd., Gilad Japhet

Gili Dinerman

Matan Fidman

Fisch/Blok Family

Samantha Cohen

Zachary Gibber

Marlene And Stuart Horowitz

Benny Gluck

Racheli Ziegler

Caroline Brauner

Elinoa, Leeam, And Shiloh Kruger

Charly Wartelasky

Daniel And Elisheva Sprung

Sarah Kieffer

Isaac Anderson

Daniel Schebovitz

Alex Bloom

Ari Tuerack

Johnny Kaye

Caylie Tuerack

Michele And Jake Blatt

Javasky Family

Joshua Missaghi

Shira Turner

Francine Forman

Francine Forman

Avigail Rimmer

Abby Weisberg

Avi Rizel

Matt And Yael Bitton Krieger

Avishai Edelman

Eitan Shushan

Ariana Shamayeva

Georgia Danzger

Bat Tzion Atik

Eliav Simnegar

Yosef Simnegar

Harry Wruble

David Massre

Benjamin Guggenheim

Leila Tilem

Sophie Bitran

Gavriel Bernstein

Emma Kleinhaus

Michal Lever

Talia Rizika

Mickey Shaul

Dani Bank

Dalia Maron

Sam Carter

Leah Akhamzadeh

Eliyahu Akhamzadeh

Rina Argov Mansdorf

Gabi And Elie Lerea

Leah Spritzer

Kaylie Follman

Paul Weisko

Charlie Mizrachi

Moshe Glasser

Eli Warga

Michal Kohanbash

Noam Miller

Tova Miller

David Ramberg

Shana Weiss

Benjamin Epstein

Alyssa Bobchin

Ya’ir And Yishai Haham

Naomi Zellman

Shmuel Klein

Ruthie Sofer & Family

Racheli & Roni And The Sofer-Dresher Family

Michele And Yitzchak Tsur

David Cymberknopf

Maya Galandauer

Gidon Lefkowitz

Joshua Williams

Hannah Volchok

Rivka Walk

Sophia Heller

Atara Jachter

Joseph Seidman

Avichai Shekhter

Yitzchak Lindenbaum

Adina Teibloom

Rachael Schwartz

Aaron Lasry

Ethan Powell

Sonya Schreiber

Yehuda & Mo Greenberg

Coby Chiger

Chava Nagel

Dahlia Gottlieb

David Levy & Voyager Labs Staff

Shannon Kisch

Ateret Tollinsky

Liora And David Stark

Emma Gluck

Daniella Remin

Yona And Maya Pretsfelder Steinman

Ayelet Grossman

Rena Hackel

Hannah Friedman

Shlomo Meisner

Chana Meisner

Tamar Berman

Leah Sherman

Esther Sherman

Netanel Jesselson

Serach Babakhanov

Lirone Sitbon

Aj Tabak

Mati Shoshani

Dovi Taubenfeld

Buky Stern

Aryeh Goldman

Ben Wolff

Joseph Wolff

Bailey Weinberger

Yerachmiel Braver

Sarit Hoch

Elisheva Stern

Ariel Tabarzia

Ben Thaw

Josh Thaw

Huvi Roth

Ben Rosenfeld

Moshesara Kuperman

Shayna Bratin

Miri Smith

Moshesara Kuperman

Matthew Doft

Mordy Goldberg

Aviel Rosen

Adina Grunfeild

Shimshie Yeger

Hershel Peiser

Shlomo Sambrowsky

Natan Shaashua

Ilana Breuer-Weil

Layla Appel

Elijah Gurvitch

Julie Joanes And Family

Ellin & Elli Orlinsky

Yogev Karny

Dorothy Strauss

Sandy Gurvitch

Eli Kopilov

Amir Nechmad

Yosef Levi

Avigayil Frisch

Ravit Forte

David Zviel

Nogah Bregman

Rachel Shrem

Roy Melzer

Hadas Mor

Judah Fisch

Maya Wasserman

Avigail Musai

Sharona, Alon, Eden, Bar, Sagi And Noa Vino

Moshe, Liora, Ori & Aviv Musai

Debra, Donny, Avishai, Noam, Elitzur And Merav Kaplan/Ebenstein

Mark, Yael, Debbie Biogencell

Kochava And Gabe Joel And Family

Gabriel Marshall

Joseph Green

Daniel And Michael Landes And Gabay

Sam Agronin

Dani Loren

Matthew Loren

Alex Minkin

Yonit And Raphi Schorr

Ruth Mashiach

Shana Mermelstein

Revi Benshoshan

Aliza Adker

Ezra Berke