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September 25, 2016 / 22 Elul, 5776
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Israel Voted Today: I Chose ‘Power for Israel’

Someone asked me if Israelis were forced to vote or they had a choice...we so have a choice and we choose to vote.
Power for Israel MKs Michael Ben Ari (R) and Aryeh Eldad (RC) with party candidates Baruch Marzel (LC) and Aryeh King (L) under their campaign slogan "There are no rights, without duties."

The new Knesset bill will keep former MKs Michael Ben Ari (R) and Aryeh Eldad (RC) and nationalist activists Baruch Marzel (LC) and Aryeh King (L) far away from winning seats in the legislature.
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If Arabs can have their seats in the Knesset – and they do, we too can have a voice.

As I drove home, I saw a friend’s son putting out fliers for Shas. Seriously? I asked him and he made a face. “How much are they paying you?” I asked him.

“Forty shekels an hour,” he grumbled.

I smiled back and said – here, give me three fliers – I’ll throw them out when I get home. He smiled and handed them to me.

Shas, you are SO in the wrong neighborhood. I live among those who are religious Jews, proud Israelis. We are the Dati Leumi – the national religious. When I was 13 years old, I read a book and fell in love with Israel, the wonder of our return to this land. I read, I learned, and as I did, I decided there are two parts to being a Jew – Torah and Israel. To fulfill the truest meaning of both parts, to be whole inside in heart and body – is to combine these.

Today, among friends and neighbors, in more joy than you can imagine, I voted. I voted for Israel to be strong. Power for Israel.

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Paula R. Stern

About the Author: Paula R. Stern is CEO of WritePoint Ltd., a leading technical writing company in Israel. Her personal blog, A Soldier's Mother, has been running for more than 5 years. She lives in Maale Adumim with her husband and children, a dog, too many birds, and a desire to write. Visit Paula Stern's blog, A Soldier's Mother.

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