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Ruby Namdar, Author of The Ruined House, in conversation with Shira Hecht-Koller

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Wednesday, March 6, 7:00PM


“A masterpiece of modern religious literature”

~The New York Times


Join Ruby Namdar and Shira Hecht-Koller of Drisha for a lively discussion of The Ruined House, Namdar’s award-winning debut novel that draws heavily on Talmudic themes and structures, juxtaposing them with modern, secular Jewish intellectual life.

Learn about the author’s unique perspective on the Talmud, and how it has influenced him, his writing, and the book’s protagonist.


The event is free, but registration is encouraged—and signing up enters you to win a signed copy!

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Ruby Namdar was born and raised in Jerusalem to a family of Iranian-Jewish heritage. His novel The Ruined House won the Sapir Prize, Israel’s most prestigious literary award. He currently lives in NYC and teaches Jewish literature, focusing on Biblical and Talmudic narrative.

Shira Hecht-Koller is the Director of Education for 929 English and Director of Communal Engagement at Drisha, where she teaches Talmud and designs immersive text-study experiences. She teaches Bible and Talmud to a wide variety of audiences and communities, and writes and speaks on the topics of education, creative living and family life. 


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