Join The Conversation With Mishpacha's Weekly Newsletter

Jolly Solly: Voting Day

R. Atkins

“Next time, if you disagree about something, why not try voting on a solution, instead of getting into a fight?”

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

 Mishpacha image


F ishel and Faivish took little interest in world news as a rule, being far too busy with important stuff, such as football and bike riding.

However, a newspaper lying on the kitchen table one day caught their attention. It showed a picture of a huge and very grand assembly hall, with a gold seal prominently displayed in front of the room. The caption underneath read, “United Nations General Assembly.”

“Ha. Taking an interest in politics at last,” Mr. Friedman commented, as he rushed past, jangling the keys to his gleaming minivan.

Fishel and Faivish didn’t hear him. They had eyes only for the picture. Their imaginations had been fired by the splendid scene.

“Wow! It’s posher than a palace!” breathed Fishel.

“Yeah,” echoed Faivish, too awestruck to argue. The boys didn’t bother reading the attached article, but a few words jumped up at them: Democracy. Voting. Debates.

“I’ve got an idea!” exclaimed Fishel.

“Oh, yeah? Well, so have I!” responded Faivish.

“I started talking first.”

“So what! I started thinking first.”

“You always think you’re right, don’t you?”


“Yeah, ’cos I am.”

Mrs. Friedman, who overheard the boys arguing, intervened.

“Hmm. This just underscores the need for some democratic discussion and debate, don’t you think?”

Fishel and Faivish weren’t quite sure what democratic discussion and debate were, and decided the safest response was to say nothing, in case it turned out to be something unpleasant.

Mrs. Friedman continued.

“Next time, if you disagree about something, why not try voting on a solution, instead of getting into a fight?”

The idea proved surprisingly appealing to the pair, who were still under the spell of the newspaper piece.

“But what happens if it’s a tie?” wondered Fishel.

“We’ll get a third person to cast the deciding vote,” replied Faivish.

It didn’t take long for another disagreement to arise. Mrs. Friedman asked the boys to set the table for supper.

“I’ll do the silverware. You do the rest,” ordered Fishel.

“You mean I’ll do the silverware, and you’ll do the rest,” retorted Faivish.

“No way!”

“Yes way!”

Fishel was about to make a fist, when he suddenly stopped himself.

“Vote! I call for a vote!” he declared loudly.

“Well then, I vote that I get to do the silverware,” Faivish declared immediately.

“I vote that I get to do the silverware,” countered Fishel.

Mrs. Friedman quickly spoke up.

“If it’s a tie, you were going to ask a third party, remember?” she pointed out. “Not me,” she added hastily, having no wish to get caught up in one of their long-winded arguments. “I’m sure you can find someone else.” (Excerpted from Mishpacha Jr., Issue 658)

Related Stories

The United Nations: Capital of the World

Yisrael Rutman

When you think of a capital, what comes to mind? Washington, D.C.? The United Nations is called the ...

Jr. Tales: The UF’s First Proposal

Rachel Stein

“Hey!” An idea burst through the doors of Chezky’s mind. “Championing children’s rights, hmm? What a...

Stand Up and Be Counted: Chapter 5

Devorah Grant

Libby refuses to join in her cousins’ activities. The “Bee Unique” speech program fails miserably an...

Share this page with a friend. Fill in the information below, and we'll email your friend a link to this page on your behalf.

Your name
Your email address
You friend's name
Your friend's email address
Please type the characters you see in the image into the box provided.

Drink to Eternity
Rabbi Moshe Grylak Redemption doesn’t simply mean being let out of jail
Klal Yisrael Is Always Free
Yonoson Rosenblum "In that merit will Klal Yisrael continue to exist”
Home Free
Eytan Kobre My baseline for comparison is admittedly weak
Believe in Your Own Seder
Rabbi Judah Mischel Hashem is satisfied when we do our best
Picture Perfect
Yisroel Besser Take a picture — and this time, send it to yourself
Flying Solo
Rabbi Ron Yitzchok Eisenman As Pesach loomed closer, his resentment was growing
Hanging on by a Hair
Jacob L. Freedman MD “Do you still think that I’m not completely crazy?”
A Song for Every Season
Riki Goldstein Influencers map out their personal musical soundtracks
Subliminal Speech
Faigy Peritzman The deeper the recognition, the deeper the effect
The Big Change
Sarah Chana Radcliffe Spelling things out clears clouds of resentment
The Count-Up
Mrs. Shani Mendlowitz Tap the middos of Sefirah to recreate yourself
The Baker: Part 1
D. Himy, M.S. CCC-SLP with Zivia Reischer "She can't get married if she can't build a relationship...
Know This: Infertility
As Told to Bracha Stein There was no place for me. I didn’t belong
Dear Shadchan
The Girl Here's the thing: I need time