Daily Kickoff: What Hoosiers think Mike Pence should do next + The former US congressman who got the vaccine in Israel – Jewish Insider

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IN MEMORIAMSheldon Adelsons death sparks tributes from a wide range of figuresIn this Dec. 7, 2019, file photo, Las Vegas Sands Corporation Chief Executive Sheldon Adelson sits onstage before President Donald Trump speaks at the Israeli American Council National Summit in Hollywood, Fla.

Sheldon Adelsons death yesterday at age 87 set off a wave of tributes and memorials from figures in both the U.S. and Israel acquainted with the hugely influential businessman, philanthropist and major Republican donor. The billionaire casino mogul hadannouncedjust last week that he was undergoing treatment again for non-Hodgkin lymphoma, for which he first sought treatment in early 2017.

Across oceans:Minutes after Adelsons death was announced, Miriam Adelsonreleased a tributeto her late husband, noting that they had both grown up on coasts in Boston and Haifa. Together we sailed across oceans, pushed back the Pearl River Delta to help develop Macaos future, recreated the Venice lagoon canals in Las Vegas. To me, Sheldon had power and depth and mystery like the sea. His devotion lifted me up, like waves, through challenges both personal and professional. And now he is gone. The supporting waters have vanished heavenward. Only a vast, dry seabed remains. The loss is colossal. Farewell, my darling, my one true love. After gaining and giving so much, you have earned this rest.

Presidential prose:A statement issued by the White Housesaid thatAdelson tirelessly advocated for the relocation of the United States Embassy to Jerusalem, the recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, and the pursuit of peace between Israel and its neighbors. In his own statement, Vice President Mike Penceinvoked a bible verse: When Abner fell, King David said, Do you not know that a leader and a great man has fallen in Israel this day? Sheldon Adelson was a leader and a great man, whose legacy will inspire generations for years to come.

Silver State:Democrats in Nevada praised Adelsons contributions to the state, with Rep.Susie Lee(D-NV)citinghis familys decades-long commitment to addressing opioid abuse and support of the Jewish community in Nevada. Sen. Jacky Rosen (D-NV)said that Adelsons efforts to combat addiction and substance abuse in the Silver State changed the lives of many and that the two were able to find common ground on addressing antisemitism. Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) alsopaid tributeto Adelson, noting the Las Vegas Sands CEOs contributions to Nevadas economy.

View from Jerusalem:Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a close ally of Adelson, remembered him as an incredible champion of the Jewish people, the Jewish state and the alliance between Israel and America. Defense Minister Benny Gantzsaid Adelsons contribution to the State of Israel, global Jewry and Jewish continuity at large was significant and has left an indelible mark, while Opposition Leader Yair Lapidpraisedhis financial support of Yad Vashem, Birthright, and other ventures that strengthened the heritage of the Jewish people.

Zeldin weighs in:Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY), one of two Jewish Republicans in Congress, toldJewish Insiders Marc Rod yesterday that Adelson leaves behind a legacy of patriotism and philanthropy, as well as support for the Jewish state. It was a lifetime of service to country in uniform, right to the end Ive seen him in so many different rooms where he was just so passionately all in on causes, wanting to do everything he can to help. Zeldin added that Adelson had many admirers, but had a special personal connection with so many he motivated Whether he was meeting somebody for the first time or saying hello to an old friend, he was one of those rare humans where, when hes on location greeting people, the line will quickly be 10, 20, 30 deep just for the opportunity to say hello.

Unique introduction:Maniv Mobility founder Michael Granoffrecalledmeeting Adelson at an AIPAC event close to two decades ago. Adelson introduced himself as Sheldon Adelson the Third, Granoff tweeted. When Granoff appeared confused, Adelson said, Buffett. Gates. Me. Im the third richest person in the world! Adelson may have lacked humility, but he made up for it in generosity and whatever differences some of us may have occasionally had with his politics, the Jewish world does owe him a debt of gratitude for that, Granoff wrote.

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