His Brother's Keeper by Yossi Beilin
Israel and Diaspora Jewry in the Twenty-first Century

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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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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.
Published August 22, 2000 by Schocken. 272 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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Among his proposals for crafting a more effective relationship are the elimination of some moribund groups (the United Jewish Appeal's contributions to Israel's social welfare system are superfluous, he argues), a new organizational structure to reflect the fluidity and unity of Jewish life today...

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