The following post was originally a “d’var
Torah” (the proper Hebrew term for a sermon) I delivered to my congregation on
June 2, 2018. I’ve added some examples,
removed others, and taken out many of the specific citations. If you’re interested in reading the original,
email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
and I’d be happy to send you a copy.
Only in Israel. During the 1999 Israeli elections, actress and singer Tiki Dayan, known prior to that point for several Shakespearean roles and as the narrator in a Hebrew-language production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, took the stage at an artists’ conference where Labor candidate Ehud Barak was scheduled to speak. In her speech, Dayan used an epithet straight from the Torah to describe the supporters of Barak’s opponent, the once-and-future Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu, calling them “asafsuf min ha shuk.”
“Riffraff from the marketplace.”