Education Minister Naftali Bennett explains his decision to permit the five-point Gemara curriculum for girls as well as boys. He tweeted the decision comes “50 years late. Now girls may also have access to limud Gemara”.
The decision refers to permitting girls to study the highest level curriculum of Gemara offered in the public school system, previously only available to boys.
The Amit ulpana (high school) in Beit Shemesh is offering a twice weekly iyun shiur in Gemara for the girls. Participants include girls from seventh through twelfth grades. They daven at home before school and during the davening time in school, they take part in the Gemara shiur. This girl’s program over the years has already completed Messechos Taanis, Brachos, Chagigah and Rosh Hashanah.
Bennett has decided to adopt the Beit Shemesh model and make advanced Gemara studies available to girl’s in public schools on the level of 5 units for bagrut (matriculation) exams.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)