Maybe. We’ll see. But for those of you who are residents of Jerusalem, Jewlicious, along with and are bringing you the opportunity to have some intimate time with Nir Barkat – Jerusalem Mayoral candidate in the upcoming municipal elections (November 11th). The polls have Barkat ahead in a field that includes Rabbi Meir Porush (the dude that made little dancing girls wear burqas at the opening of Jerusalem’s new light rail bridge) and former Shas leader Aryeh Deri (who was told today by the Jerusalem District Court that he can’t run for Mayor because less than 7 years had passed since he was tried and convicted of accepting bribes, fraud and breach of faith and receiving something by deceit in aggravated circumstances). Yeah.

Anyhow, since we here at Jewlicious love Jerusalem so much, we want those of our readers who are Jerusalem residents to make as informed a decision as possible regarding the upcoming election. That’s why, along with our friends at and, we helped organize this event. Nir Barakat will give a brief speech, then answer questions and yes… light refreshments will be served.

So this Sunday, October 5th at 7 pm, come on down to Yehoshua Bin Nun 23 in the German colony. See what this Nir Barkat fellow is all about. I’ll bring Arak and raise a toast to the totally pathetic campaign run by my boys in Shas. Seriously. A convicted felon?? I would have made a better mayoral candidate.

Update: Rabbi Porush now has a semi-functioning Web site. It’s a one pager with a video and now his creepy cartoon character persona is waving! Sometimes I hate Flash…

… and I hate dancing children! —>

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  • I’ve already heard Nir twice, and could have heard him at least one other time. I’ve heard him so much, that I can tell you what he’ll say in a few points:

    * Turn Jerusalem into a metropolis with 10 million global tourists a year.
    * Jerusalem united forever.
    * He’s good pals with a bunch of rabbis, like Rav Mordechai Eliyahu and Rav Tzafrani (whoever he is).
    * He joined Kadima cuz he thought it would be a clean start. I guess he missed the fact that it was led by Israel’s most corrupt politician. Woops. He left as soon as Ramon said he’d divide Jerusalem, cuz he ain’t gonna stand for that.
    * He doesn’t have one religious person in his list (except Naomi Tzur, who happens to be religious but is really there to represent the Green people) because Ihud Haleumi have asked him not to represent the religious vote. And he agreed. In Israel’s most religious city. Good move.
    * Etc.

    As for Porush’s waving cartoon – hate to be a web geek, but it’s not flash, it’s an animated gif.

    Here’s to democracy!

    Shabbat shalom.

  • Miriam dearest, first of all, Shana Tova! How were your Rosh Hashana celebrations? Mine were awesome, thanks for asking – I davened at the Kotel with a mess of French Breslovers. That was fun, though really Sephardic Jews shouldn’t be Hassidic… I had a macrobiotic first meal and then a Bat Ayin/Carlebachy second meal at Ezra’s place in the Old City. I love Jerusalem.

    This is set up to be mostly a Q&A. This is an opportunity for Barkat to go beyond his standard talking points and an opportunity for our “community” to ask him some hard hitting questions. I’m not interested in having some lame-o one sided production – I’m all about the interactivity and the uncomfortable questions.

    As for Porush’s cartoon – on Jewlicious it’s an animated gif, but on his site it’s Flash. I couldn’t lift his entire flash animation so I fashioned an animated gif – now who’s the Web geek? Also I’m a bit of a grammar fascist – Web is a proper noun and like Internet should be capitalized. I know that’s the subject of much debate, but that’s how I hold. Such a geek…

    Gilaleh! You don’t even need an invite. You have carte blanche. You can go anywhere you want anytime you want unannounced. Seriously. Try it. Pop by the shuk at 3 am, demand an ice coffee and it’s yours. So yes, you can attend.

    Shabat Shalom Miriam and Gila!

  • Dearest ck – sorry! My chag was really nice. Glad yours was too. But Breslovers not in Uman? How can they call themselves Breslovers if they prefer the Kotel over the Ukraine? Sorry for the sarcasm, but I know Breslovers who starve all year in order to pay for their ticket to Uman Uman Rosh Hashana.

    Sephardi Hassidim is a really good example of “hitashkenazut,” which I’m always a little sad to see. Why do they prefer the cold weirdness of ashkenazim? Sephardim know where it’s at. Whenever I hear Rav Ovadia’s psaks, I’m always amazed at his clear and logical approach to Judaism without the need to become more and more “haredi,” if you know what I mean.

    I’m not for or against Barkat or Porush. I’ve become a political agnostic and believe that all politicians are tainted. And some people say I’m cynical. Ha! One thing for Barkat is that he’s very personable and takes the questions seriously, so it should be interesting.

    As for geekiness – I’m thinking you might be the winner: tech and grammar? I bow my head to you.

    Shabbat shalom and Shana toyvah!

  • The elections are actually being held on **11 Nov** and NOT 4 Nov as noted in the blog post. Please correct so that Jerusalem residents can turn out to vote on the correct day.

    Shavua tov and shanah tovah!

  • Doh! Thanks Efrat. I wonder how that happened. I remember noting that the election was on 11/11 and yet… anyhow, I fixed the date.

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