Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Voting in Israel - Observing Contrasts

Yesterday was voting in Israel. Whether or not you agree with the politics currently happening in Israel, living here results in all kinds of experiences. Here are just two observations of the time leading up to and including voting day in Israel. It show the contrasts.

In several areas from a few days prior to voting, the streets became littered with flyers. This photograph was taken in Mea Shearim - Geulah area in Jerusalem. As you can see the road is an absolute mess.

What does this achieve?
 I really do not understand why anyone would throw a bunch of flyers on the street. Is anyone really going to bend down in the middle of a busy crossing and pick up a flyer to read why to vote for a given party? 

Aside from the impractical littering, who do they expect will clean this up and why should someone have to clear up someone else's mess like this?

In another area, many of the flyers had photographs of Talmudei Chachamim. I don't think it is Mechubad to walk on the face of a big rabbi which means that walking along the sidewalk or crossing the street is time consuming and complicated as one has to play dodge the flyer.

Contrast the mess to the Kivrei Tzaddikim. This image is taken where Rav Ovadya Yosef is buried. On voting day, many Jews turned to the Tzaddikim to intervene for good for Israel. Anticipating a large group to come to Rav Ovadya Yosef, a large canopy was erected to make sure there would be shade for those wanting to spend time Davening.

We hope and pray that the outcome of the election will bring us closer to Geulah, the final redemption and the coming of Moshiach, the only real leader for Am Yisrael. 

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