This week we welcome Israel’s incoming President, Yitzhak Herzog, and say thanks to out going President, Reuven Rivlin, writes Michael Kuttner.

Making an unwelcome comeback is the latest mutation of the corona virus just as life was returning to what passes for normal in this part of the world.

Undeterred by any of these developments, Israel and Israelis continue to forge ahead with positive achievements.

MORE MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGHS 

Once again Israeli researchers and scientists are blazing the way in discovering revolutionary new ways to combat diseases and maladies afflicting humanity.

This may not garner headlines in your local media because it’s good Israel news, so therefore pass it on to your friends and acquaintances.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bZvlC7i9PQk

PRACTICAL MITZVOT

 Israeli food rescue organization, Leket, celebrates 18 years of taking food that would only go to waste and distributing it to those who need it. Eighteen years is represented by the letters Chai in Hebrew which means “Life”.  Leket gives life to the poor of Israel.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BlH40QjNq0o

ISRAELI TEEN GYMNASTS WIN GOLD 

Israel won the gold medal in the 11-17 age-group category at the Federation Internationale de Gymnastique’s 11th World Age Group Competitions in Geneva, Switzerland. The event was a precursor to the Acrobatic Gymnastics World Championships in July.

Watch them in action and marvel at their fantastic performance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gzSN-XoJrYI

HELPING CYPRUS

 Israel has joined other nations in sending firefighting planes and aid to Cyprus, which is currently experiencing devastating fires.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m6e_lqJ9Np4

ANOTHER DISCOVERY FROM OUR PAST

 Accessible to the general public for the first time are yet more stunning sights from the Second Temple period in Jerusalem. Add this to your list of things to see when you next visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UeXJoKV2-SU

Michael Kuttner is a Jewish New Zealander who for many years was actively involved with various communal organisations connected to Judaism and Israel. He now lives in Israel. 

[This article was originally published on J-Wire and is reproduced here with permission from Michael Kuttner.]