By Moshe Feiglin
24 Cheshvan, 5773 (Nov. 9, '12)
the Makor Rishon newspaper
is morning and my car glides down the mountains of the Shomron into the smog
of greater Tel Aviv. Another crazy day of running for the primaries is about
to begin. My cell phone rings. A young, determined voice is on the other
"Shalom, this is so and so from the news website, ynet."
"I am writing an article about donations to the candidates in the primaries.
I wanted you to confirm a certain fact. "
"I see that you received a donation from a woman by the name of Nitzah
"Is it true that Nitzah Kahane is the daughter in law of the late Rabbi
Maybe I hadn't yet completely awakened. Perhaps I was suffering from lack of
sleep and loads of pressure during the campaign – but that question peeled a
thick layer of politically correct right off my psyche.
"Oh," I answered the young reporter. "You probably want to show your readers
that women support Feiglin."
"No", the man answered dryly.
"No? Then perhaps you would like to show your readers that a woman donating
to Moshe Feiglin's campaign is also an academician whose scientific articles
are published in the most prestigious journals in the world. "
"No," the young voice answered.
"Oh," I continued. "Perhaps your scoop is that a woman who is a famous
academician, a mother of ten, grandmother of fifteen, who manages to
synthesize running a beautiful family, a glorious academic career and is
involved in the community and Israeli society in an unprecedented manner
donated to Moshe Feiglin?"
"No," the reporter stood his ground.
"And after you hear all of this? Don't you feel just a wee bit loathsome?" I
asked with disdain.
"OK," I finished the conversation. "I authorize that Professor Nitzah Kahane
is the daughter in law of Rabbi Meir Kahane, may G-d avenge his blood, who
was murdered 22 years ago in the US."
"Thank you," said the young voice in a professional tone. "That is all I
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