Skip To Content
JEWISH. INDEPENDENT. NONPROFIT.
Culture

Offbeat Israel: Mishloach Manot for Hard Times

The animation director of Waltz With Bashir has released a short movie intended to rally opinion against the Gaza blockade.

Yoni Goodman’s new film, “Closed Zone,” consists of animation and real footage from Gaza, and addresses the lack of freedom of movement for Gazans. In it, a young boy pursues a flying bird — a symbol of freedom — but is blocked wherever he goes by a large hand.

The hand stops him leaving Gaza by boat. Elsewhere, it turns him back to the course of fire. At the Rafah crossing with Egypt, the hand is shrouded in an Egyptian flag and is joined by another hand, adorned with an Israeli flag.

Goodman produced the film for Gisha — Legal Center for Freedom of Movement, an Israeli nonprofit organization. He started the film before the recent Gaza campaign, but reworked parts after the campaign.


With the festival of Purim coming up on Tuesday, Israelis are out at the supermarkets in force, buying all sorts of goodies to put in mishloach manot, traditional Purim food baskets given to friends and family.

In recent years, the bar for mishloach manot has been raised significantly. Once a homemade cake and a bar of chocolate did the trick; these days, some Israelis opt instead for gourmet goodies with large price tags.

In view of the global economic crisis and the rising cost of food, some of the country’s leading Sephardi rabbis have issued a ruling urging people to take a more frugal approach. They are telling people to “restrain from wastefulness” and suggesting that Israelis shun candies for foods with nutritional value and a long shelf life.


In a country of people who love to share information, it seems there are two groups of people you can rely on to protect your secrets — Catholic priests and strip-club owners.

The nation has become gripped by the question of whether outgoing head of the Israeli navy, Eliezer Marom, had a lap dance in a Tel Aviv club. The club owner is rumored to have a video that would provide a definitive answer but is refusing to part with it. This story will fill you in on the saga.

I hope you appreciated this article. Before you go, I’d like to ask you to please support the Forward’s award-winning journalism this Passover. 

In this age of misinformation, our work is needed like never before. We report on the news that matters most to American Jews, driven by truth, not ideology.

At a time when newsrooms are closing or cutting back, the Forward has removed its paywall. That means for the first time in our 126-year history, Forward journalism is free to everyone, everywhere. With an ongoing war, rising antisemitism, and a flood of disinformation that may affect the upcoming election, we believe that free and open access to Jewish journalism is imperative.

Readers like you make it all possible. Right now, we’re in the middle of our Passover Pledge Drive and we need 500 people to step up and make a gift to sustain our trustworthy, independent journalism. 

— Rachel Fishman Feddersen, Publisher and CEO 

Join our mission to tell the Jewish story fully and fairly.

Our Goal: 500 gifts during our Passover Pledge Drive!

Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free, unless it originated with JTA, Haaretz or another publication (as indicated on the article) and as long as you follow our guidelines. You must credit the Forward, retain our pixel and preserve our canonical link in Google search.  See our full guidelines for more information, and this guide for detail about canonical URLs.

To republish, copy the HTML by clicking on the yellow button to the right; it includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline and credit to the Forward. It does not include images; to avoid copyright violations, you must add them manually, following our guidelines. Please email us at [email protected], subject line “republish,” with any questions or to let us know what stories you’re picking up.

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.