On Root / The ancient Jewish tradition of being counted
By voting in last week’s party primaries, Israeli citizens took part in the ancient Jewish tradition of being counted.
Members of the Likud and Labor parties went to the polls this past week for their party's primary elections. The official Hebrew term for the events is bechirot makdimot, "pre-elections," (for the root k-d-m, as in makdim, see here), but everyone knows them as prymereez (they will be discussed in a later column about the use of foreign words in Israeli politics).
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