Dr Ruth Calderon is the former Deputy Speaker of the Knesset and current MK for the Yesh Atid party. An educator and Talmud scholar, she co-founded Elul, a pioneering Beit Midrash, and founded and directed the Home for Hebrew Culture (Alma). She is a research fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute and one of Israel’s leading voices for the revival of a pluralistic Israeli-Jewish identity.
Our Voice of the Week features two of Israel’s smaller parties, both aiming to shake up the Knesset, one new and one old. Gonen Ben Yitzchak, former Shin Bet agent, is a co-founder of The Protest Movement for State Leadership party and active in the recent ‘Yellow Vest’ protests in Israel. Yariv Oppenheimer, former head of Peace Now, is a candidate for the left-wing Meretz party.