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.