Photo Credit: Kobi Gideon / Flash90
A Jerusalem Haredi neighborhood during a municipal strike. Despite the incumbent mayor's best intentions, Jerusalem under his rule is not clean, traffic is a nightmare, taxes are among the highest in the country and essential services leave much to be desired.

While Leon has been soliciting the Haredi votes—although there’s no such thing as a monolithic Haredi vote, not any more than there is such a vote in New York City—Barkat has received the endorsement of major National Religious figures, including Rabbi Chaim Druckman and Rabbi Shlomo Aviner.

Candidate Leon says he believes in maintaining the status quo between the religious and secular residents of Jerusalem. There is a palpable sense of such a status quo in Israel’s largest city. It will never be like Tel Aviv. In Jerusalem, on Shabbat, goes the old saying, secular Jews put on white shirts.

Advertisement

I checked out the military service records of both candidates. The hi-tech entrepreneur Nir Barkat started out as a paratrooper who served six years in the IDF and fought in Lebanon. The certified accountant who was chief of staff for Netanyahu and chairman of Israel’s railways Moshe Leon served as a cantor in the Military Rabbinate Choir.

One of them will sit at the helm of one of the most important cities on the planet.

Advertisement

3 COMMENTS

  1. I was astonished to see that a Sephardi synagogue for Rosh hashana service is not listed as an option in your poll on the right of the page. 
    Why? I am looking forward to your answer.

Comments are closed.

Loading Facebook Comments ...