She brought Israelis to the Talmud, can she bring its wisdom to the Knesset?
Dr. Ruth Calderon, who has made thorny and ancient Jewish texts accessible to non-religious Israelis through writings, teachings and television programs, now must translate her egalitarian perspective into action as a Knesset member representing Yair Lapid's Yesh Atid party.
Day after day, Dr. Ruth Calderon goes to her computer, usually in the early morning hours, and posts on her Facebook page passages from the Mishna and her own associations with the ancient compilation of the Jewish oral tradition that forms the core of the Talmud. Sometimes it is to point to a latent tension between the various speakers in the text, sometimes merely to savor a particularly poetic turn of phrase.
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