Founder of Tel Aviv's secular yeshiva, also a Knesset member, leads Israel's parliament in study and prayer.
Editor’s Note: Ruth Calderon, founder of a secular yeshiva in Tel Aviv, spent several years living in New York recently, teaching at the JCC in Manhattan and other venues. This was her inaugural speech in the Knesset this week as a member of Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid party.
Those of us living in America- particularly residents of the so-called “swing states” so desperately coveted by presidential candidates- might still fairly be classified as “recovering” from the recent November election. After all, it’s been only a relatively few weeks since the election itself, and the weeks and months leading up to Election Day were nothing short of brutal. Relentless commercials, coupled with endless debates, countless talking heads, and a twenty-four hour news cycle, combined to make us all want to scream “please stop!”
The death of former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzchak Shamir over the weekend and the government’s decision to have his body lie in state inside the Knesset building presented a religious problem for the country’s kohanim.
Generally, deceased Israeli leaders lie in state in the Knesset’s courtyard, but the summer heat necessitated that Shamir’s body be placed indoors, officials said.