Knesset Speech

‘The Time Has Come To Re-appropriate What Is Ours’

Ruth Calderon’s stirring Knesset speech (and Talmud lesson) calling for a Torah that includes all Jews may be the proof text of Israel’s new middle.
Special To The Jewish Week
05/28/2013 - 20:00

Editor’s Note: Ruth Calderon, founder of a secular yeshiva in Tel Aviv, spent several years living in New York recently and teaching at the JCC in Manhattan and other venues. This was her inaugural speech in the Knesset in January as a member of Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid party. It appears here in its entirety.

Mr. Chairman, honorable Knesset, the book I am holding [a copy of the Talmud] changed my life, and to a large extent it is the reason that I have reached this day with the opportunity to speak to the Knesset of Israel as a new member.

Calderon telling the Talmudic story of Rabbi Rechumei in the halls of parliament. Michal Fattal/Haaretz
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