Yeshivat Talpiot

The ‘Perplexed’ Turn To The Talmud

Increasing numbers of secular Israelis are engaging in ancient texts, hoping to reclaim the country’s moral center.
Special To The Jewish Week
05/28/2013 - 20:00

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.

Scenes from Alma, Ruth Calderon’s secular yeshiva, where participants exchange ideas. Calderon is at top with microphone.
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