Senator Felder – The Most Silent Senator of 2013


felderThere is a saying ‘Talking comes by nature, silence by wisdom.’ Senator Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn) seemed to have adopted “A fence for wisdom is silence” (Pirkei Avos 3:17), since his re-entry to political life and it seems to be working.

According to analysis conducted by The New York Public Interest Research Group, the most silent senator, on the Senate’s chamber floor, in the year of 2013 legislative session is: Brooklyn’s Simcha Felder, who uttered just one word — “Here!” — in the opening-day roll call, and was never heard from again.

In comparison, Senator Liz Kruger was the Senate’s biggest talker during the just-completed 2013 legislative session, uttering 40,064 words from the chamber floor, according to the analysis released Friday.

(Jacob Kornbluh – YWN)


  1. Lionel de Rothschild was the first practicing Jew to serve in the British parliament. After he was finally permitted to be sworn in without the usual “on the true faith of a Christian” oath, he never spoke a single word in public session for the remainder of his 15 years as an MP, preferring to work behind the scenes.

  2. I’m not so sure that being “the most silent senator” is such a ma’aleh when it comes to politics and the needs of the Jewish community. Albany has to know what we need.