How Israel Fell for Ruby Rivlin, the Philosopher Clown

He started as the guy who made bad jokes, but Reuven Rivlin became a forceful speaker of the Knesset and a leading candidate for president.

You know the romantic comedies where the lovable loser finally stops goofing around and gets serious to win the girl’s heart? It’s hard not to root for that guy. And if you’re Israeli, you’ve probably been similarly charmed by the political career of former Speaker of the Knesset Reuven “Ruby” Rivlin.