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Israel Election Results: Young Haredim Swept the Vile Kahanists Into the Knesset. It's Great News for the Jews

Anshel Pfeffer
Anshel Pfeffer
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Modern Hebrew has two adjectives for voting. There’s livchor, which in other non-political contexts means to choose, and le’hatzbia, which is literally to point at. Both are in common use - with the exception of one Israeli community. 

Ultra-Orthodox Israelis use le’hatzbia, because they have no choice. They have already chosen to obey the orders of the rabbis who tell them what to vote. No one tries to pretend it is otherwise. They pride themselves on not having a choice. To say that they choose to vote the way they do would undermine a fundamental principle of Haredi life. But the ground is shifting.

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