כאן מובא חלק ממאמר באנגלית על המסכת מאת הלל קוטלר:
Whom to vote for and whom not to vote for? Thus begins page 17 of the Talmudic Tractate Voters. It continues: “One should not vote for Likud or Zionist Union or Shas or Yachad or Kulanu or Meretz or the Arabs or Israel Is Our Home or United Torah Judaism or Jewish Home or Yesh Atid, but, rather, solely for the empty ballot itself.”
This page of Talmudic commentary was penned not by a second-century rabbinic sage but by Doron Chitiz, a Judaic-studies teacher in the Israeli city of Ra’anana who, in the spirit of the recent Purim holiday, injected some cynicism into the otherwise heavy political campaign preceding Tuesday’s elections.
The South Africa-born Chitiz, 29, studied in yeshiva during college and ably employed the Talmudic style in his spoof, including abundant biblical citations and rabbinical-logical conclusions.
While writing previous Talmudic-themed Purim spiels — those tackled alcohol and soft-drink choices — Chitiz created a template for the body of the text along with faux analysis in the two margins by 11th-century scholar Rashi and the medieval commentators known as Tosafot, blending Hebrew and Aramaic and employing Rashi’s particular typography.
This year’s edition is so sharp that readers might imagine those rabbinic legends duly impressed, nodding in affirmation while stifling guffaws.
Chitiz, who intends to vote for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party, is an equal-opportunity skewerer.
Not Likud, his Talmud writes in Tractate Voters (page 17 for the March election date; Chapter 20 for the new Knesset edition), because of the Yom Kippur plea, “Forgive us, pardon us, atone for us.” M’chal, Hebrew for pardon, happens to be Likud’s ballot symbol.