Welcome to Gilis Good Newsletter #74!
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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Thankfully, the biggest news of the week was that a teacher’s strike was avoided on Tuesday night when the negotiators from the Finance Ministry reached an agreement with the Israel Teachers Union, sending 2.5 Million Israeli kids back to school today. The threat of a strike has been looming since the last school year when the teachers had a strike during the last days of classes. The new agreement bumps the starting salary for new teachers to NIS 9000 with bonuses that can raise it by an additional NIS 1100. In addition, the principal’s new starting salary is now NIS 19,000. Hopefully, this agreement will encourage more people to enter the teaching profession—good news for all.
A remarkable recovery was made at Shaarei Tzedek hospital by Anna Kosma, an Israeli-Ukrainian citizen that lives near Kyiv. With the Ukrainian medical system crashing around her, she was having multiple seizures daily. Ukrainian doctors gave her a drug to paralyze her, and her parents didn’t know where to turn. United Hatzola and Zaka airlifted her in a deep coma to Shaarei Zedek Hospital three months ago. This week she was discharged from the ICU and is starting rehab. #baruchrofehcholim
Researchers from Tel Aviv University and Haifa’s Israel Oceanographic and Limnological Research Institute (IOLR) have developed an innovative method of growing an unlimited amount of seaweed that they can enrich with vitamins and minerals. They’re touting the new approach, which can help with the global food crisis, as akin to the biblical manna that sustained us when journeying in the desert. I’m not sure about eating seaweed, but time will tell. Good luck to them.
Finally, tip your cap if you’ve ever been to a rally to get the Jews out of Russia. Natan Sharansky, the former refusenik and prisoner of Zion, said about the late Soviet Prime Minister Mikhail Gorbachev that he would never have released Soviet Jewry if not for international pressure. It had nothing to do with sympathy for the Jews, only the cost to Russia was too much, and when the calculus made sense, he caved to the international pressure.
As always, I hope to make you smile with some articles and nuggets from the past week.
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