It’s going to be awhile before Israel has a new government, but in the meantime, there is a lot of political drama on the Israeli political scene. Last month’s election produced a parliament with 10 party factions. It reflects the full diversity of the country, including seven seats held by parties on the far right and 13 Arab party seats. But neither leader of the two largest parties, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanayhu’s Likud nor Benny Gantz’s Blue and White can form a government with other parties deemed their natural political allies.
One of my favorite High Holiday stories, from the author I.L. Peretz, is about a town that brags each year that its rabbi goes right up to heaven to prepare for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.