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Weather & Elections in Israel

I recently returned from being in Israel.  I was there when elections were held, the first elections which followed the recent campaign Operation Cast Lead in Gaza.

 

The weather on Election Day was a strong downpour.  And then, the morning after the elections a heavy fog covered much of the country.  I couldn’t help but think the fog was a perfect metaphor – for the meaning and outcome of the elections was like the fog, also not clear.

 

A journalist friend of mine told me that the day before the election, a friend of his went into the hospital for hear surgery.  Right before the operation, the surgeon asked the patient who he was going to vote for.  The man, lying on the table, looked up at the doctor and said, “Whoever you are going to vote for.”

 

Nothing like democracy, even when the outcome is foggy.

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Stuart Weinblatt

Rabbi Stuart Weinblatt is the President of the Rabbinic Cabinet of the Jewish Federations of North America. From 2009 - 2014 he served as Director of Israel Policy and Advocacy for the Rabbinical Assembly.
Rabbi Weinblatt is the rabbi of Congregation B'nai Tzedek in Potomac, Maryland, a vibrant Conservative synagogue of 650 families he founded in 1988, along with his wife and a handful of families.