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Another week has passed, and we’ve officially arrived at Pesach 2022!!

I’ll try to keep it brief, but I love providing you with some things to smile about or touch your heart a little, so Gili’s Good Newsletter must get done even though there is much to do.

The government shakeup is still in full force, and it’s anyone’s guess how this stalemate will end.

Pesach is in the air. If you’ve never been to Israel for Pesach, I can’t recommend it highly enough. Here are my top five reasons that Pesach is the best holiday to celebrate in Israel.

 1.  The weather is usually perfect – It doesn’t matter if Pesach is early or late but generally, the weather in April for Tel Aviv.

“Daily high temperatures increase by 5°F, from 71°F to 76°F, rarely falling below 63°F or exceeding 88°F.” – Weatherspark.

Jerusalem is slightly cooler, but the bottom line is that April is a fine month to be outdoors.

2. The entire country celebrates. According to the latest polls, over 96% of Israelis will be at a seder, while 87.5% said they’d enjoy the festivities! The excitement for chag is palpable. You can feel it in supermarkets and on the roads. For example, the erev chag traffic can be compared to Thanksgiving traffic. It’s in parks on chol hamoed, everywhere, and it’s consuming.

3. Do you want to do the seder twice? We only talk about ‘the seder’ because there only is one. That’s it.

4. Matza is a lot cheaper here. We pay about 20 NIS/lb for machine matza, and hand matza goes between 30 and 50 NIS per pound.

5. Eretz Yisrael: Do you need any other reasons?

I hope I didn’t upset anyone with those. If I did, let me know. Either way, no matter where you are for Passover, it should be beautiful and meaningful. Thank you all for being a part of the Gili’s Goodies family, and I wish you the most beautiful Passover.

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The army has been fighting the uptick in terrorist activity with an offensive to make arrests throughout Judea and Samaria, among other activities. As a result, there have been clashes, particularly in the Jenin area, with two terrorists killed on Thursday morning and three more yesterday. That’s in addition to army activity to prevent infiltrations along the security fence. We all pray for a quiet and safe Pesach for all.

The Central Bureau of Statistics is expected to announce that inflation rose 0.7% in March, bringing total inflation to 4% for the last year. In response, the Bank of Israel already raised interest rates from 0.1 to .35. The governor of the Bank of Israel, Amir Yaron, said he expects interest rates to rise to 1.5% over the next year. #economics #costofliving

I don’t watch Fauda. I watched the first episode or two, and it was too real for me. But apparently, it’s not too much for others because the show is an international hit. It even enjoys excellent ratings in Arab countries. Season 4 is coming to screens, and Israel21c did an excellent article about the show I’ll link to below.

Finally, Yosef’s tomb in the outskirts of Shechem was vandalized last week. So this week, renovation teams from the Samaria Regional Council, in conjunction with the army, went back to the tomb and repaired it overnight. A unique video of the unit commander talking to his troops about the mission went around WhatsApp, and I was able to find it on youtube. I’ll do my best to translate it.

Today we’re heading out on a mission to fix the destruction that was done to Yosef’s tomb. This place was promised to Avraham Avinu, as it says, “to your children I will give this land” Bereishit 12:7. And we are working today with a strong hand like our forefathers. That upon their exodus from Egypt on Pesach that we’ll be celebrating in three days as it says in the verse, “in the middle of this day .”Not like thieves in the night but rather as the children of kings. Through this, we’ll restore the honor of the land and to the nation of Israel. Begin moving toward the city of Shechem. Out!

Chag Sameach!

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

Survey: Nearly All Israeli Jews Will Join a Passover Seder, Even if Some Won’t Enjoy It

Over 96 percent of Israeli Jews plan to sit down and participate in a Passover Seder on Friday evening, while only 87.5 percent say they enjoy festive family holiday meals, according to a poll by the Israel Democracy Institute (IDI).

Nablus shrine renovated after being vandalized by Palestinians

Renovation teams from the Samaria Regional Council, protected by troops, enter the compound Wednesday morning; at least one Palestinian was killed and others wounded in clashes that erupt outside the shrine

Annual inflation in Israel set to climb to 4%

Economists expect the Central Bureau of Statistics to announce tomorrow a sharp rise in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) reading in March.

6 Palestinians killed in West Bank as extensive Israeli military operation continues

2 deaths in Jenin Thursday morning, after 4 fatally wounded Wednesday during IDF raids in major West Bank cities and towns; Ramallah announces general strike in protest

10 things you didn’t know about ‘Fauda’ but really should

From the famous cast and its popularity in the Arab world to Hamas’ copycat attempt and ‘The Terminator’ connection, ‘Fauda’ is full of surprises.

Recipe of the Week: Chocolate-Matzo Layer Cake

I am looking for something for Pesach. I once had this many-layered matza cake. I decided to look for it, and I found it. It looks decadent. I’ll need to convince my wife because she doesn’t like gebrokts cakes, and I have a celiac child, so we’ll need to make a GF version. Anyway, let me know if you try and how it came out.


Smiles Of The Week

Happy Birthdays

Hillel Siegel

Zevi Samet

Jenny Samet

Ma’ayan Abiri

Ezra And Esther Chaya Spiewak

Devra Huja

Michel Mahler

Miss and Love You

Danielle Stephens

Mazel Tov

Elana Goldsmith

Moriah And Malachi Perlmutter


Elad Dermer

Yossi And Carmen Slomovitz

Bruria Shamula

Mishpachat Shemesh

Happy Passover

Cynthia Frankelstein

Hanna & Dov Halperin

Melanie & Evan Chesir

Debbie & Peter Abelow

Shelomo Dobkin

Izzy Goldman

Deborah Shafran

Avi Block

Dana Kadosh

Anna Lerner

Jeff & Shelly Allon

Sara Fried

Julie Joanes

Eran, Rinat, Akiva, Duvduv And Esti Feintuch

Hila Sela

Yoav And Meirav Braverman

Michael Samuels Family

Rene Feinstein

Saralee And Paul Shrell-Fox

Baila & Louis Teitelbaum

Saralee And Paul Shrell-Fox

Yonat Stav

Saralee And Paul Shrell-Fox

Yonat Stav

Azriel Goldberg

Gila Donny Rose

Chanie Franklin

Chrlie Mack

Estee Greenberger

Yoni & Chai Halper

Shira Hill

Dr. Joav And Geula Merrick

Meira Herman

Nick Weingarten

Katan Family

Sanders Family

Kayla Rose

Aliza And David Schwartz

Ariella And Daniel Stahl

Keren Carp

Sari Holtz

Orlinsky Family

Sophie Bitran

Rivi Frankel

Michal Lever

Rav And Rebbetzin Adam

Meira Kavesh

Marlen And Hayim Sarid

Paul And Gila Rose Merrick

Gwenn And Reuven Normile

Elie And Dahlia Mansdorf

Miriam & Perez Laufer

Lillian Aharon

Tzophia Karni

Mishpachat Pinchas

Emily Bababekov

Michal Levine

Sammy Felsen

Nathan Finkelstein

Yehuda Novick

Guy And Vera Mayer\

Osnat Abargel

Haviv Peer

Ziva Adda

Shani & Yossi Newman

Amaliajer Epstein

Mitch Rich

Robyn Weintraub

Debbie And Amos Efraim

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