Israel has successfully launched an advanced satellite into earth orbit which will help to keep an eye on what is happening in our neighbourhood… writes Michael Kuttner.

That is not the only thing going sky high at the moment. COVID 19 and its associated negative repercussions are also rocketing upward. Israeli scientists are working overtime to find an answer to this plague and hopefully relief is on the near horizon.

Meanwhile…

REACHING OUT TO AFRICA 

Israeli expertise in many fields is helping African nations to combat a multitude of problems. Learn how one particular NGO is combating CORONA in Ethiopia:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u0H0gi9-bEY

A MUSICAL BONUS 

One of the casualties of the pandemic has been the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra which, like all other cultural events, has had to cancel live concerts and performances. In an effort to generate donations and at the same time bringing joy to music lovers they recently produced a gala musical happening hosted by Dame Helen Mirren.

Relax for an hour and enjoy sublime music played by world class musicians on behalf of Israel’s world renowned Philharmonic Orchestra: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ib3O-9Sp6ss

ANOTHER AMAZING DISCOVERY

 One never knows what unusual and amazing archaeological and historical discoveries will be made in Israel. Here is the latest find: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=88rh_hip5lQ

JEWS MEET JAWS

 Swimmers in Eilat thought that a monster had surfaced from the deep. What was it? See for yourselves: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBOzlfg43Hc

OVERCOMING CHALLENGES

Born in the desert trekking from Ethiopia this dynamic young woman recounts how despite obstacles and hardship she is succeeding in making it in Israel. Instead of rioting and destroying she has taken an entirely different and more positive path.

This is truly an inspirational true story and an example for others. Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaxwigwXXps

FOR CHOCOHOLICS

Israelis love hummus and, as anyone who has ever visited Israel knows, this tasty and healthy dish comes in a multitude of varieties. Did you know, however, that just as popular and also a best seller is chocolate?

On the occasion of world chocolate day learn how Israelis consume and manufacture this product in huge quantities: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QVxi1ZnWkQU

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.]