The Ultimate Chanukah Gelt: An Israeli Focused Investment Account
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Give an Israeli focused investment portfolio for Chanukah to anyone in minutes. Your gift will be commemorated by a beautiful plaque as well as virtual card, so it’s ideal for presenting at a family gathering or a last minute gift. Your Chanukah gift can by processed online in minutes and paid for by credit card. The Jerusalem Portfolio is the ultimate Chanukah gift.
The Modern State of Israel, the Maccabees, and Investing—Prosperity Against the Odds
Israel is a country associated with miracles. From fighting off the invasion of multiple armies to making the desert bloom to hi-tech triumphs amid an environment of periodic conflicts and economic challenges, Israel continues to thrive. This is one reason investment in the Startup Nation actualizes idealism and creates healthy, long-term returns.
Past and Present-The Maccabees
The success of the modern state of Israel bears significant similarity to the Maccabees and the Judean army’s struggle to remove the yoke of the Syrian Greeks. The odds of a victory for Maccabees, as occurs often in Jewish history, seemed impossible.
Led by Judah the Maccabee and his four brothers, the freedom fighters fended off a well-organized Syrian Greek army of 40,000 men. They were determined not to allow their oppressors to continue outlawing their traditions and subject the Jewish people to brutal tyranny. With determination, faith, and a commitment to justice, the Maccabees prevailed. They found the Holy Temple in Jerusalem in a defiled state and yet only one pure cruse of oil illuminated the Temple for eight nights. The military victory of the Maccabees and the spiritual triumph of the Jewish People formed the basis of the Chanukah celebration.
The state of Israel and the Modern Maccabees
The State of Israel understands, like the Maccabees did, the importance of determination and discipline in military campaigns. These values translate well into Israeli innovation. Even amid conflicts, Israeli startups have emerged, disrupted the landscape, and have transformed the way people around the world conduct business and lead their lives.
During the recent COVID-19 pandemic, Israel was affected economically, but the damage has been minimal in comparison to other countries. The Bluestar Global Israel Index has outperformed the MSCI Europe, Asia, and Far East Index by 9.03% year over year as of September 30, 2020. Also, Israeli startups in 2020 are creating game-changing products and solutions for healthcare, entertainment, business, and security.
Even during a pandemic, Israel signed a historic peace accord with the United Arab Emirates and a normalization agreement with Bahrain. These agreements will open up new markets for Israeli businesses.
The expansion has already begun. Sonovia Technologies, the manufacturer of SonoMasks, which destroy 90% of COVID-19 particles using zinc oxide, is selling its products in hotels and clinics in Dubai. Israel-based LeapLearner, which develops technology for education, opened an office in Dubai. Aviation Links, a Tel Aviv travel company has partnered with Dubai-based Rixos which operates hotels in UAE.
Rising to the Challenge—The Jerusalem Portfolio
A country with the resilience and innovation of Israel is certainly worth the investment. The Jerusalem Portfolio (JTP) provides the opportunity of fractional ownership in over 100 Israeli public companies through a professionally managed ETF portfolio. It is simple to set up with as little as $180. Giving TJP as a Chanukah gift, for a bar or bat mitzvah or a wedding is the perfect way to invest in the future of Israel and your loved ones. Along with the gift is a plaque with a beautiful picture of Jerusalem.
The Jerusalem Portfolio allows you to invest according to your ideas and at the same time see robust returns. TJP is diversified, tax-efficient, fully-invested, and will yield long-term gains. The advantages of investing in Israel are substantial as the country continues to innovate, and in the spirit of the Maccabees, prevail.
What Chanukah Gelt Teaches Us About Investing in the Future
Celebrating Chanukah involves many familiar sights, sounds, tastes, and experiences. The brilliant lights of the menorah, crisp latkes, and traditional songs are familiar hallmarks of this joyful holiday. Along with the menorah and dreidels, Chanukah gelt is an integral part of the celebration. What is Chanukah gelt and where did this tradition come from?
What is Chanukah Gelt?
Those chocolate disks wrapped in gold or silver foil stamped to resemble coins are a common sight in Jewish stores in December. These chocolates are referred to as “Chanukah gelt” although the term reflects an actual tradition of giving money on Chanukah instead of presents. Although some Jewish families give both presents and gifts, “gelt” which is Yiddish for money, is the custom.
Like many treasured customs, there are multiple explanations for the origins of Chanukah gelt. Here are some reasons for this tradition:
- There is a discussion in the Talmud that if a person can’t afford both wine for Kiddush, a Sabbath ceremony before meals, and Chanukah candles, he should use what little money he has to buy Chanukah candles instead of the wine. The use of money or giving candy in the likeness of coins reminds us about the importance of charity and to make sure the poor have what they need to celebrate Chanukah.
- The second explanation is also derived from statements in the Talmud that the lights from the Chanukah candles are so holy that they should not be used to provide light for mundane tasks like working or counting money. The image of the coins is to remind us to take a break form work and business during Chanukah and enjoy some time with our families eating latkes and lighting the menorah.
- The root of the word “Chanukah” is related to the Hebrew word “Chinuch” or education. One of the ways the Syrian Greek society oppressed the Jews was to forbid Jewish learning. After the Maccabees defeated the Syrian Greek army and there were no longer laws against learning the Torah, many children needed to catch up on all the learning they missed. Coins were given to children to motivate them to catch up with their studies.
The Gift of Investing
Giving a young person a financial gift to motivate and inspire them is also traditional for lifecycle events such as bar and bat mitzvahs, weddings and other celebrations. As someone completes one phase of life and embarks in another, they should have resources that, like their life goals, will grow over time and enrich their lives.
One way to invest in the future of a loved one this Chanukah is to give them The Jerusalem Portfolio (TJP), which contains fractional ownership of over 100 Israeli public companies with a managed portfolio of ETFs that have a proven track record of success. Starting at $180, the TJP provides an opportunity to support Israel, give a young person the first guiding steps in the art of investing for which they will see significant returns.
Setting up TJP takes only a few minutes but will make a positive impact for years. The recipient is given full instructions on how to access information about the investment as well as a beautiful plaque with a customized and inspiring image of Jerusalem.
Give the Gift of Light and Prosperity This Chanukah
The light of Chanukah can last for many years with the gift of TJP. Young people who learn to invest early become successful at managing their finances later and on and are more likely to make sound financial decisions. TJP lets givers and recipients share a love of tradition and support for Israel and offers healthy returns. A gift of TJP for Chanukah, a bar or bat mitzvah, or a wedding truly endures and provides lasting value.