Gather the News – Jewish News – 8/8/11

Some good news to get you through your Tisha B’Av fast…

  • Is it time for an Israeli cannabis club? Israeli government approves guidelines for medical marijuana, establishing a state agency responsible for the authorization and processing of medical marijuana requests.
  • Fact or a fiction? Did a Kotel prayer really try to “bribe” God with a $100,000 check made out to “The Western Wall”?
  • The Bank of Israel issues a new solid gold coin called “The Western Wall.” (This indeed is fact.)
  • In reaction to the U.S. credit rating downgrade, the Tel Aviv Stock Market had its largest one-day drop in almost three years.
  • The German city of Cologne is banking its future on its Jewish past. With a $52 million investment, the city hopes that this major excavation project to unearth the city’s medieval Jewish quarter will bring in the tourists.

Candace Mittel is a GTJ summer associate