Dear JNS.org readers,
As Rosh Hashanah approaches and the year 5775 comes to a close on the Jewish calendar, it's easy to get caught up in the hubbub of some of the news stories that consume us. The Iran nuclear deal. Anti-Semitism in Europe and on U.S. college campuses. The 2016 presidential race. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The bloody civil war in Syria.
Often forgotten amid the chaos is what you might consider "good news."
A flood devastated the Jewish community in Houston, but recovery efforts are strongly forging on. An earthquake devastated Nepal, but the Israeli and Jewish communities proudly stood on the frontline of the relief operations.
The "start-up nation" and its medical community continue to shine, with Israeli researchers discovering the trigger of the deadly melanoma cancer. Israel is using its expertise to help California deal with its water shortage. The Jewish state's Negev desert, meanwhile, is blooming.
A diverse new group of immigrants—one at the ripe age of 90—has fulfilled their dream of moving to Israel. One of them is writing about her aliyah experience every week for JNS.org.
Jews from around the world are discovering their roots through genealogy research.
And yes, they're even trying to send a Torah to the Moon.
The wonderful thing is that what constitutes "good news" is personal and in the eye of the beholder. How about bringing a "good" news story to the discussion at your holiday meal this Rosh Hashanah? What about calling some people in your life to tell them how their "good news" affected your past year for the better?
In 5776, JNS.org will continue to report it all—the good, the bad, the inspirational, the disheartening, the clear-cut, the complex. But upon the arrival of this Jewish New Year, our wish to you is that you both read and experience the "good news"—whatever you deem that to be—in abundance. For any "bad news" that comes up, we hope you channel the inner strength to cope with it, gain perspective on it, and even find inspiration from it.
Through it all, we hope to make your inbox just a little more interesting. Let's work together to tell the evolving Jewish story.
Jacob Kamaras, Managing Director and Editor in Chief, JNS.org