A place for talking and wrestling

August 11, 2017 01:50

Exploring Jerusalem's complex politics.

Jerusalem Deputy Mayor Hagit Moshe, Naftali Bennet

Jerusalem Deputy Mayor Hagit Moshe with Naftali Bennet. (photo credit:PR)

In one of his most hilarious (and shrewd) stories, Nobel Prize laureate author S.Y. Agnon (1888-1970) described his vision of a future Jewish parliament, which he ironically named Beit Siftotayim (House of Lips). This place where not-so-clever politicians would spend their days talking – moving their lips – for no real purpose, wasn’t where one would find the best intentions or highest ethical standards.

Far be it from me to suggest that a parliament – particularly one of ours – could be a time-wasting “company of scorners” (Psalms 1). However, it does happen that this city council behaves and sounds similar to what Agnon may have had in mind.


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