I, You, and He/She: A Conjugation Lesson

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4 Responses

  1. Raymond says:

    Thank G-d that Benjamin Netanyahu continues to be Israel’s Prime Minister. I cannot think of anybody who can better handle somebody as antagonistic to Israel as Barak Obama is.

    As for each of us Jews so valuing our individuality, it reminds me of the incident of the Tower of Bavel. Perhaps the main reason why G-d dispersed that generation, was precisely because all such individuality had been lost in favor of their version of a very strong central government. For similar reasons, communism could never endure in any given society either.

  2. Bob Miller says:

    Here there really was a major shift, although the usual polling errors abounded.

  3. Yehoshua Friedman says:

    I fully agree with Rabbi Feldman’s perception regarding Am Yisrael. Raymond’s perception about the Tower of Bavel is also apt. On this the interested reader should see the Netziv’s Ha’amek Davar on the relevant passage in Bereshit, in which he pinpoints the sin of the Dor HaPalaga as totalitarianism. I haven’t done enough Netziv, but I suspect he has an interesting political philosophy, also evidenced in Parshat Shoftim on kingship. Beyond this, however, we should note that polls in the US are also consistently skewed to the left. But here the obstinacy and obstreperousness of the electorate is compounded by the nature of the system. The multiplicity of parties and the firm knowledge, not speculation, that the voter is going to be doublecrossed the day after the election makes people go out of their gourd to game the system despite the fact that the cards are stacked against the individual Yossi Yisraeli. Hareidim, Arabs, settlers, Mizrahim, people from the periphery, anyone who feels themselves to be persecuted minorities, have their backs up, leading them to either refuse to answer or lie for the heck of it. I don’t believe that there is really an electoral reform that can fix this, because ever since Moshe Rabbeinu Am Yisrael has only barely been governable. Moshe, remember, cries to Hashem that they are liable to stone him. The only answer is teshuva. But fortunately the plotting of the Obama Administration came to naught.

  4. Reb Yid says:

    All rhetoric aside, this poster does not really understand polling.

    What’s amazing about polling is, if done properly, most of the time the results can be predicted with great accuracy. In this particular case, there were several methodological concerns. They have been the subject of several academic and professional listserves to which I subscribe.

    The most interesting theory–and I believe this to be the most valid critique–dealt with the sampling frame. The Israeli pollsters obtained a disproportionate amount of their sample on-line. In this case, additional modalities, such as telephone sampling and even in-person sampling, were needed to accurately capture otherwise neglected subpopulations (Sephardim and the poor) that tended to vote Likud.

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