Increasing numbers of secular Israelis are engaging in ancient texts, hoping to reclaim the country’s moral center.
Special To The Jewish Week
A small group of students sits around a table in the ground-floor room of an unassuming building on a quiet street in the heart of Tel Aviv. They are studying Talmud; some follow along in their copies of the Steinsaltz Talmud, others on their tablets. But what makes this daf yomi, page-a-day Talmud class in this urban “shtiebel” different is the makeup of the group.
They are a mix of men and women, ranging in age from young adult to retirement.