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UNPACKED – Top 10 inspirational moments and headlines from Israel in response to COVID-19

UNPACKED – Top 10 inspirational moments and headlines from Israel in response to COVID-19

Schools, synagogues, youth groups, and camps are working harder and becoming more creative and innovative than ever before. As one leader of a prominent East Coast school quipped to me, “This horrible pandemic is actually forcing all of us to become more thoughtful about what good education can look like. When all of this ends, I hope we can integrate everything we’ve learned, making learning and Jewish education the best it can be.” Indeed, necessity is the mother of invention.

Top 10:
10. Israelis Love Singing and Dancing, Regardless of the Circumstances.

In this video, Israelis around the country who are quarantined at home go to their balconies to sing and dance with their neighbors, who in most cases are the performers as well.

 

 

 

9. Gal Gadot’s “Infamous” Video
Israeli and global celebrity Gal Gadot, along with a large group of Hollywood celebrities made the rounds, when she posted a video of them all singing John Lennon’s “Imagine”. Many loved it — and many posted spoofs of what some thought was a “cringe-worthy” recording within a short period of time

 

 

8. Israel Rescues Stranded Israelis Abroad

Israel sent planes to various locations, including Peru, Italy, and India, to rescue stranded Israelis around the world free of charge. Israelis broke into song during the long flight from Peru in a sign of unity and appreciation.

 

 

7. Israelis Appreciate Their Medical Staff

In an impressive showing of solidarity, Israelis throughout the country took to their balconies to applaud medical staff for risking their lives to fight the COVID-19 outbreak.

 

 

6. Israeli Musicians Keep Performing!

Top Israeli artists have been performing live shows from empty venues and their living rooms for Israeli audiences watching at home on television. Since all concerts have been canceled, the musicians have come into Israelis’ homes.

 


5. Israeli Rabbis Are Making Innovative (and controversial) Rulings

A group of Sephardi Orthodox Rabbis ruled that in some instances, Jews are permitted to hold Passover Seders over video conference in order to include older relatives who will be alone at home. Naturally, many other leading rabbis fervently disagreed with the ruling.

 

4. Israeli Post Spreads Throughout the Arab World

An Arabic greeting from Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs went spread throughout the Arab world. The post read, “This is a message to you from Israel: We pray to Allah to protect the inhabitants of Arab countries. The coronavirus is spreading quickly in the world these days and knows no borders, religions and nationalities.”

 

3. Israel Finally Has a Government! (we think)

After the longest political stalemate in the history of the state of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu and rival Benny Gantz have agreed to form a national unity government…for now. In the process, the Blue and White party broke up, creating plenty of tension in the new Knesset.

 

 

2. Israel Uses Artificial Intelligence to Fight COVID-19

Israel has been using artificial intelligence to predict the spread of COVID-19 and protect its citizens. Israel’s Health Ministry launched a new phone app called “Hamagen” (The Shield) which compares the whereabouts of users with those who have been diagnosed with Corona within the previous two weeks.

1. Picture of Co-existence Inspires The World

This remarkable photograph of a Jewish and Muslim Paramedic team taking a joint prayer break spread like wildfire with Nir Dvori (the first person to post it) writing “efshar” – “it is possible.”

Two Israeli emergency workers — one Jewish, one Muslim — taking a prayer break during the coronavirus pandemic. Photo via Daniel Carmon / Twitter.

 

 

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