Naamah Kelman

Not Your Typical Beit Midrash

09/25/1998
Staff Writer
Jerusalem — Nine students are sitting around a table in a sunny classroom near the Old City, studying verses from the Midrash. Their bearded teacher, a knit kipa on his head, leads them in a discussion of the passage’s biblical roots and some possible interpretations. Sounds like a typical yeshiva scene. But most of the students are wearing blue jeans. The class includes bareheaded men — and several women. Not a typical yeshiva scene.
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