by Melanie Weiss

Ruth Calderon’s New Vision for Jewish Learning

Just about everyone seems to have her vision for the State of Israel these days, but it’s hard not to feel pretty convinced by the one Ruth Calderon has articulated and worked for all of her life: the Bible, the Talmud, sacred stories and ongoing interpretations — these are the cultural inheritance of all Jews, and Calderon is insistent that they grasp hold of it. Calderon is part visionary, part scholar and teacher, part public persona, known in Israel for her television show, HaCheder, on which she interviewed famous Israelis about ancient and modern religious texts. (It certainly does speaks to Calderon’s charisma and drive, and to the unique role of Judaism in Israeli culture, that this sort of television program could be remotely categorized as “popular.”)

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