Acts of Liberation: Yochi Brandes & Ruth Calderon Reboot the Rabbi Tale

The author and the politician have separately breathed new life into the Talmudic stories, offering fresh takes on Judaism's role in the contemporary world from within the tradition.

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In her most recent novel, "Akiva’s Orchard," Yochi Brandes spins a brilliant chapter out of the incident in Bnei Brak, familiar from the Passover Haggadah, when five rabbis study Torah all night until their...