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Friday, January 25, 2013

Getting to Know Yair Lapid - Yair Lapid: Let Conservatives and Reform in

I like Yair Lapid's social points of view, but I completely disagree with his views on the Arabs and so-called "peace process". For that reason alone, I do not believe he can lead Israel in the right direction—particularly because I believe that Jordan ought to be Palestine. 
- Michelle

"Even my friends who live in Israel don’t know what to make of their political rising star, Yair Lapid. But if they read this piece from NYC’s Jewish Press they’ll have a better idea. As it turns out, Mr. Lapid is an Israeli assimilationist who wants to invite the USA-based Conservative and Reform “movements” (described by Mona Charen as the Democratic Party with Jewish holidays) into Israel’s tent. Some time ago I predicted – warned really – that having seen Israel become more religious and nationalist, these “branches” would double their efforts to sew their brand of religious confusion inside the Jewish state. In Yair Lapid, they now have their inside man." - Dan Friedman

Source: The Jewish Press
By Jewish Press Staff
Submitted by Dan Friedman 


Yair Lapid, chairman and founder of the Yesh Atid Party, which ended with a surprisingly strong second place finish in the Israeli election Tuesday, had his first and only major appearance in the United States at last year’s convention of the Rabbinical Assembly. In May 2012, Lapid addressed the Atlanta convention of the international umbrella organization for Conservative rabbis.

During his address to the RA, Lapid focused on the need for increased religious pluralism in Israel, as can be seen in this online video excerpt of his remarks.




(Watch full video below)

Lapid’s entire remarks is also available. Highlights can be found at the following points:

9:00: “This is really important because I believe that Jewish identity is in danger, and you are the gatekeepers … You are part of the last line of defense that believes that Judaism shouldn’t be the jailhouse of ideas, but the liberator if ideas. Judaism should not be the disintegrator of people but what gets people together. And Judaism shouldn’t be subordinated to small politics because it answers a higher rule.”

19:34: “I’m going to do whatever is necessary, whatever is in my power, to make it feasible to women, Conservative or Reform, to pray at the wailing wall, wearing their prayer shawls.

“Why? Because Israel cannot be the only country in the Western World that has no freedom of religion for Jews. This is just wrong.”

20:20: “I’m going to do everything in my power to make sure that there are going to be civil marriages in Israel.

“The total dominance of the Israeli Rabbanut over marriage and divorce in Israel is an insult to every free man. This is just wrong. “I’m going to do everything in my power to ensure the equality of all movements of Judaism in Israel … in conversion, in budgets, in the eyes of the law.”

21:45: “The majority of Israelis are actually Conservative, they just don’t know it. “The majority of Israelis want a pluralistic, sane, welcoming Judaism; they are just not aware of the fact that there is such a thing.”