His Brother's Keeper: Israel and Diaspora Jewry in the Twenty-first Century

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Schocken Books, 2000 - Religion - 232 pages
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In His Brother's Keeper, Yossi Beilin, Israel's outspoken Minister of Justice, offers a bold prescription for renewing and enriching Jewish life in the twenty-first century. Viewing the status quo as the greatest enemy of the Jewish people, Beilin challenges the notion that there is nothing to be done about the shrinking number of Jews in the world or the growing gap between Israel and the Diaspora communities.
Beilin's approach calls for a new partnership of equals between Israel and Diaspora Jewry. The goal, he explains, is to strengthen Jewish identity now so that future generations will have a viable tradition to pass along to their children. Beilin was the initiator of the Birthright program, which aims to bring thousands of Jewish teenagers on fully subsidized trips to Israel in the hope of awakening within them an interest in learning about their Jewish roots.
Among Beilin's other suggestions for creating a world-wide Jewish community are recognizing "secular conversions" as a point of entry into the Jewish people, radically overhauling existing Jewish institutions and, in a new era of peace, redirecting Israel's historic sense of mission by providing assistance to Third World countries, in cooperation with the Diaspora.
Timely, provocative, powerfully reasoned and argued, His Brother's Keeper will be widely read and passionately debated.

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HIS BROTHER'S KEEPER: Israel and Diaspora Jewry in the Twenty-first Century

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Israeli Minister of Justice Beilin maintains that Judaism is in jeopardy on account of the assimilation of American and other Diaspora Jews, through attrition by intermarriage, and due to the fact ... Read full review

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Beilin, Israel's justice minister and a keen observer of trends in Jewish life, presents his prescription for halting the quickening pace of assimilation and intermarriage in the United States. He ... Read full review


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Yossi Beilin currently serves as Israel's Minister of Justice.  In his various public roles--as a member of the Knesset since 1988, a leader of Israel's Labor Party, and a minister in the governments of Yitzhak Rabin, Shimon Peres, and Ehud Barak--Beilin has set the agenda for Israeli politics for more than a decade. He began the process that resulted in the 1993 Oslo Accords and led the public movement for a unilateral Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon, which was a key catalyst in paving the way to the withdrawal of May 2000. Born in Israel in 1948, Beilin is married and has two sons. He lives in Tel Aviv.

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