TO UNIFY A NATION: My Vision for the Future of Israel

TO UNIFY A NATION: My Vision for the Future of Israel
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    TO UNIFY A NATION: My Vision for the Future of Israel

    By MK Rabbi Dov Lipman

    Hardcover, 96 pages
    Urim Publications, 2014 
    ISBN: 978-965-524-148-8

    Exploring the issues of the separation between religion and state in Israel, this book by Knesset parliament member Rabbi Dov Lipman lays out his vision for the future. Lipman was elected to the Yesh Atid party, which, though largely secular, calls for a more moderate and open form of Judaism. His is a voice of reason in the religious debates and battles that have threatened to undermine Jewish unity in Israel and around the world. Lipman has observed firsthand the polarization, extremism, and discrimination that have been on the upswing in Israel, and his book examines specific practical issues rather than general theological questions in the Israeli political scene. As the only ultra-Orthodox member of the current coalition, he offers a unique insight into the internal societal struggles of the Jewish community as well as the hope for a better future for both Israel and Jews around the world.

    About the Author:
    Dov Lipman is an ordained Orthodox rabbi and the first United States--born member of the Knesset, the Israeli parliament, in more than 30 years. He lives in Beit Shemesh, Israel.

    Yair Lapid is a former leading Israeli journalist who announced his entry into Israeli politics in 2012. In the January 2013 national elections, his new party Yesh Atid gained 19 seats, making it the second largest party in the Knesset and Lapid one of the most powerful political figures in the country.

    Praise for To Unify a Nation:
    "You deserve appreciation for your activities which seek to build bridges of unity, understanding, and tolerance between the religious and non-religious populations in Israel. Your public actions serve as an example of responsible rabbinic work which adds honor to the Jewish nation and to the State of Israel and reflects the deep ethics and morals of Judaism in its glory."
    - President Shimon Peres

    "What unites a brilliant, optimistic, and tireless Orthodox rabbi like Dov Lipman and... me? Are we telling the same story? Are we capable of agreeing about the past in order to work together to create a common future? This book, much like its author, deals with this problem with courage and wisdom. This is not simply a book but a call to action and the beginning of a discussion."
    - Finance Minister Yair Lapid

    "MK Rabbi Dov Lipman's new book is important for two primary reasons. Firstly, it deals with the fundamental issues affecting our nation and the way it ought to look.... Secondly, it was written by a young politician who, in his own combination of traditional observance and involvement in the broader world, presents a personal example worthy of emulation and representative of how many of the seeming paradoxes affecting Israel might be resolved."
    - Natan Sharansky, Chairman of the Jewish Agency