Thursday, 21 February 2013

Ruth Calderon, MK

A very nice speech in the Knesset from Ruth Calderon, a secular MK who learns lishma.

«I am recounting all of this in order to say that I grew up in a very Jewish, very Zionist, secular-traditional-religious home that combined Ashkenaz and Sepharad, [Revisionist] Betar and [Socialist] Hashomer Hatzair, in the Israeli mainstream of the 60s and 70s. I was educated like everyone else my age – public education in the spirit of "from Tanach to Palmach". I was not acquainted with the Mishna, the Talmud, Kabbala or Hasidism. By the time I was a teenager, I already sensed that something was missing. Something about the new, liberated Israeli identity of [Moshe Shamir's] Elik who was "born of the sea", of Naomi Shemer's poems, was good and beautiful, but lacking. I missed depth; I lacked words for my vocabulary; a past, epics, heroes, places, drama, stories – were missing. »
'The Heritage Of All Israel' | The Jewish Week

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