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Daily Briefing Dec. 12: Day 67 – Scribes write Torahs for troops, hostages, kibbutz

Diaspora affairs reporter Canaan Lidor discusses Nahal Oz kibbutz relocation and Torah scrolls on turbo as Tech Israel editor Sharon Wrobel looks at consumer spending since Oct. 7

Welcome to The Times of Israel’s Daily Briefing, your 20-minute audio update on what’s happening in Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish world.

Today is day 67 of the war. Diaspora affairs correspondent Canaan Lidor and Tech Israel editor Sharon Wrobel join host Jessica Steinberg for today’s podcast.

Lidor discusses Kibbutz Nahal Oz’s temporary quarters in another kibbutz, Mishmar Ha’emek in the Jezreel Valley, with disagreements heard among members about what’s best for their community after October 7.

Wrobel talks about the drop in consumer sentiment since October 7, at levels last seen during the coronavirus pandemic, as Israelis don’t have the desire or the funds to spend.

Lidor looks at a surge in Torah scroll writing projects in the last two months, as communities — religious and secular — look for meaning and hope.

For the latest updates, please look at The Times of Israel’s ongoing live blog.

Discussed articles include:

Live blog December 12, 2023

Amid Hamas war, Israeli consumer confidence takes another dip in November

Pause in war gives traumatized Israelis a chance to visit home – or what’s left of it

THOSE WE HAVE LOST: Civilians and soldiers killed in Hamas’s onslaught on Israel

THOSE WE ARE MISSING: The hostages and victims whose fate is still unknown

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