Judaism for all

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February 18, 2016 11:29

Texts are no longer the exclusive domain of Orthodox Jews, but are accessible to anyone who wants to study them.

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Ruth Calderon

Ruth Calderon. (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)

The video of the maiden speech of Yesh Atid MK Ruth Calderon, in March 2013, became viral within a few hours. Not very surprising, considering that for the first time in the history of the Knesset a woman chose for her first official speech to teach a short segment from the Babylonian Talmud.

Calderon, smoothly moving from Hebrew to Aramaic, cited a sweet story from the Talmud and mesmerized the audience, including the Knesset speaker of the day, a member of the ultra-Orthodox Shas Party, who, forgetting for a minute the context, added his own remarks to Calderon’s comments.

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