Yitzhak Rabin

‘He Wasn’t Some Leftist From Tel Aviv’

Erez Laufer puts the focus on Yitzchak Rabin’s life, not his death, in new documentary.

05/03/2016 - 15:51
Special To The Jewish Week

Erez Laufer was 5 years old when he first met Yitzchak Rabin. Laufer’s father taught at the Kadoorie boarding school, a Rabin alma mater, and when the then – chief of staff of the IDF landed in the family’s yard in a helicopter, Erez was there to greet him.

Rabin at home: A shy but blunt man, Rabin kept his family out of the public limelight.

Remembering That Night: Rabin's Legacy of Hope

11/03/2015 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

The terrible rise of violence in Israel and the West Bank over the past month has been heartbreaking. Quite apart from the immediate sadness of the deaths and injuries, the incitement from both sides has sharply brought in to focus just how far Israelis and Palestinians are from being able to reach a peace agreement. The violence, combined with the most right-wing government in Israel’s history, as well as weak and ineffective Palestinian leadership, puts hopes for peace at their most distant in twenty years.

An Israeli woman holds a sticker with the date of Rabin's assasination. Getty Images

Where Are More People Like Yitzhak Rabin?

10/28/2015 - 20:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

In the terribly sad days after Israeli Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin’s assassination twenty years ago this week, a bumper sticker began to show up on cars both here and in Israel. It read "Haver, attah hasser": Friend, you are missed. The phrase was a riff on President Clinton’s famous “Shalom Haver” (Farewell, friend) comment uttered the night of the assassination. Obviously shaken and grieved by what had transpired, the President paid an eloquent and heartfelt farewell to the man who had been his partner in the Middle East peace process, and also his friend.

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik

Remembering Rabin: The Man And The Promise

The religious and political tensions within world Jewry spilled over from hateful words to a deadly deed.

10/27/2015 - 20:00
Editor and Publisher

I interviewed Yitzhak Rabin on the last evening he spent in America.

Our meeting took place around the dining-room table in his suite at the Waldorf Astoria on a Saturday night in October 1995. The prime minister, wearing an open white shirt and with a cigarette never far from his mouth, spoke with three Jewish journalists in his usual taciturn style, though he seemed to me more shy than cold in nature.

Gary Rosenblatt

Oslo And The Politics Of Meaning

Michael Lerner remembers a tumultuous time.

10/27/2015 - 20:00
Associate Editor

The Oslo years now seem as improbable as a dream, outside of time, headlines from messianic to murder, answered prayers turning to screams. But when Michael Lerner, founder and editor of Tikkun, the leading Jewish leftist journal, sat on the sun-drenched White House lawn, Sept. 13, 1993, invited by the president to witness the signing of the Oslo Accords and the epic handshake between Israeli Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin and Yasir Arafat, chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization – it was vindication, not just for Lerner but for all the peaceniks who for years were mocked for their naiveté.

About the broken shards of Oslo, Lerner says, “You have to speak with compassion to everyone involved in this.” Michael Lerner

‘He Was A Soldier Of Peace’

Eitan Haber, Rabin’s closest aide and speechwriter, remembers his boss.

10/26/2015 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Ramat Gan, Israel — He still thinks about his old boss all the time. Still refers to him simply as “Rabin.” Still thinks — “almost every day, all day” — about what Yitzchak Rabin, the slain prime minister, would think of the latest political or military news. What would Rabin think about Iran? About the Israeli budget? About the “quality of life” in Israel today?

Haber doesn’t play the “what if”? game when it comes to Rabin.  Wikimedia Commons

When Past Isn’t Prologue: Remembering Rabin

10/12/2015 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

We are approaching an important date, a watershed that’s been anticipated for three decades. On Oct. 21, if you happen to be in Hill Valley, Calif., down by the Texaco station and the clock tower, you might just see Marty McFly whiz by on his hoverboard.

Joshua Hammerman

How An Extremist Changed His Ways

Read the re-released 'Memoirs' of Yossi Klein Halevi to understand Jewish rage and violence.

12/30/2014 - 19:00
Editor and Publisher

Talk about bad timing.

Yossi Klein Halevi’s re-released book, “Memoirs of a Jewish Extremist: The Story of a Transformation,” was first published 19 years ago, two days after Israeli Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin was assassinated. It should have become a best seller for at least two reasons.

Gary Rosenblatt

Yehuda Avner's 10 Commandments

Ambassador Yehuda Avner is the 84-year-old rock star of Jewish media these days.

His 2010 memoir, “The Prime Ministers,” based on the notes he took as a senior advisor to five Israeli prime ministers in their private meetings with world leaders, is still a best-seller and still in hard cover. A full-length documentary film, based on the book, will have its New York premiere on May 7.

Yehuda Avner: Protect Jewish dignity and honor at all cost. Michael Datikash

Vilification Has No Place In Debates On Israel

03/26/2012 - 20:00
Special To the Jewish Week

When our Brooklyn synagogue recently hosted two former State Department veterans, Elliot Abrams and Robert Malley, a few congregants and even a local merchant objected to our having invited Mr. Abrams, a known “war criminal.”  

Similarly, when our synagogue hosted Columbia professor Rashid Khalidi, a Palestinian academic, others claimed our pulpit now had “Jewish blood on its hands.”  Another congregant asked, “How can you invite Malley?  He and the president hate Jews.”

Rabbi Andy Bachman is senior rabbi at Congregation Beth Elohim in Brooklyn.
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