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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

A New Beit Midrash In The Knesset?

י' לחודש השנים עשר תשע"ג
Life In Israel: New Beit Medrash In The Knesset
What do you think of this?

MK Rabbi Shai Peron (Yesh Atid) and MK Dr. Ruth Calderon (Yesh Atid), along with MKs Yoni Chetboun (HaBayit HaYehudi) and MK Elazar Stern (HaTnua), are planning on establishing a Beit Medrash program in the Knesset.

The purpose of the program will be for MKs and Knesset employees to learn some Torah once a week, on Tuesdays, and to have discussions about Judaism.

Every week a different MK will take a turn leading the discussion, teaching a talmudic topic.

According to Kipa, the haredi parties have not yet decided whether to participate or not.

Looks to me to be a good idea...

it brings new meaning to the phrase Ki Mi'Tzion Teitzei Torah - From Zion will come forth Torah. This would be the heart of Zion and specifically Zionism that would be teaching Torah...
Esser Agaroth (2¢):
A good idea?  From Zion will come forth Torah?

It depends on what you mean by Torah. If MK Calderon and MK Stern are involved, I wouldn't be so sure that what they mean by Torah is what I mean by Torah.

Let's take a look at who's involved...

Rb. Shai Peron - Mamlakhti (undying State loyalist) credentials include: Shavei Hevron Yeshivah, Herzog College, the Israeli Democratic Institute, the Dovrat Education Commission, and membership in Tzohar.

Yoni Chetboun - I don't know enough about this MK to comment.  So, for now, let it be known that I'll be keeping a close eye on him.

Maj. Gen. Elazar Stern (ret.) - collaborator in throwing Jews out of their homes seven and a half years ago, and handing over their lands to Hamasastan, lead destroyer of the IDF Hesder Yeshiva program.

...and last, but certainly not least....

Dr. Ruth Calderon - "Secular Talmud Scholar" (Translation: Let's manipulate the words of HaZa"L in order to justify doing what she wants.), co-founder of Elul, the first Israeli, secular, pluralistic and egalitarian Bet Midrash.

"...secular, pluralistic and egalitarian?"

That pretty much says it all, since none of these three concepts are in the least bit related to the Torah.

Yeah, this'll be some "Beit Midrash," alright!

1 comment:

Shy Guy said...

May G-d bless and keep the zarrim -
far away from us!

BTW Elazar Stern was on TV earlier this week, talking about the need of Israel to reach out and then some to the reform and conservative communities abroad.

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