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Lapid: Let Conservatives and Reform in

The (Conservative) Rabbinical Assembly shares remarks, photos from Yair Lapid’s address to its 2012 convention.
Yair Lapid at the 2012 convention of the Rabbinical Assembly in Atlanta.

Yair Lapid at the 2012 convention of the Rabbinical Assembly in Atlanta.
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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.

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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.”

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19 Responses to “Lapid: Let Conservatives and Reform in”

  1. Yehuda Cohen says:

    Bilaam is alive and well in Israel. "Rise up HaShem, confront him and bring him to his knees; rescue my soul from the wicked one who is Your sword." If Lapid passes all these things in the government, war will be on its way to Israel very soon.

  2. Yehuda Cohen says:

    BTW, Yori, the edit function does not work or maybe there is a procedure that I am not aware of. Please inform this this is the case.

    I wanted to edit my previous entry, had to delete it and then wanted to edit it again but failed. The quote is from Psalms 17:13.

  3. Kirill Tuchin says:

    This dude is more dangerous than Iran.

  4. Dvora Rotenberg says:

    actually he sounds sane

  5. Alex Shapiro says:

    I am a secular Israeli living at the present time in America. I like to eat out in non-kosher restaurants and drive on Shabbat. But at the same time I like to visit synagogue (orthodox) for Shabbat and Jewish holidays. While I realize that I don't keep with all the prescriptions of the Jewish law, I don't create for myself a different religion where it is OK to drive on Shabbat, OK for women to pray with tefilin and talit together with men, etc.. This is not Judaism, I'm sorry. Call it as you like, but it is not. I hope that Bibi has enough sense to block conservative and reform religions in Israel. Let some Jews in America do what they like, but don't try to force your new age religions on Israel.Because it will destroy the Jewish essence of Israel.

  6. Daniel J. Morales says:

    Great!

  7. Hadar Israel says:

    This is EXACTLY what the guy has been writing for years, playing around with and making fun of Torah-true Judaism, yet has explicitly OMITTED from his campaign – YET it was clear from his number 2: Piron, the s-called "rabbi".
    This is the ground in which he is in full agreement with Netanyahu (who has been pushing the refor-vative agenda FOR YEARS), Yechomivitch and Livni.
    Their real enemy are observant Jews.

  8. obviously you don't understand very much about Judaism.

  9. You like to drive on shabbat but think that Israelis Jews are not allowed to!!!
    "Ma kara lecha???"

  10. Ya'aqov Ben-Yehudah says:

    One more reason to refer to the Jewish Press as the Non-Jewish Press.

  11. Liad Bar-el says:

    "Gloves are off" as are also all robes of righteousness are off… so much so that Lapid has become an emporer without clothes.

  12. Chaiya Eitan says:

    I would like to know how Rabbi Lipmann feels about this?

  13. Ya'aqov Ben-Yehudah says:

    That's a good question, indeed.

  14. Ya'aqov Ben-Yehudah says:

    William Yehudha De Oliveira What do you mean? The "Orthodox" are far from prefect; the rabbis even farther from perfect. But, three wrongs definitely do not make a right.

  15. Ya'aqov Ben-Yehudah says:

    Got it. No arguments from me.

  16. He is a great Jew and a great man.

  17. Dana Cohen says:

    He has orthodox members on his team. I fully support most of his causes especially getting hare dim to be self suffieicent and participate in society

  18. Dana Cohen says:

    Friend me!

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