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I didn't vote for the Yesh Atid Party. My mother always taught me that before one tries a new medicinal drug or 'pill', one should wait for about 20 years that it has been on the market, and researchers have had time to see if it has caused any long term damage or negative affects on people. I tend to look at a lot of things that way. Though politicians aren't a cocktail of dangerous chemicals (well, some might actually agree with that description), I do look at them to see their track record, and Yair Lapid, though he was the darling of the media, had no track record in politics except for his famous father, Tommy Lapid, who also came in like a flash of lightening into the political world where his party, 'Shinui' became the 3rd largest party at one time in the Knesset. That party was mainly voted in, as an anti-Charedi party, and is now defunct.
Yair Lapid, in one of his campaign speeches to a religious audience, stated that the religious people in Israel 'won'. He admitted that the secularists had a certainvision for the modern state of Israel, yet through the years, the religious population in Israel grew stronger, and their political representation and influence didn't go away as the secular population had hoped. Therefore, he said, we have to learn to accept you, and you (the religious population) have to accept us. We have to work together.
I am not endorsing Yair Lapid. Like I was taught as a child, I take the wait and see approach, and frankly, I am not starry eyed about him at all and still do not trust him. He will have to earn that. However, there could be something to work with there. He is new to the knesset, and he is fresh and energetic, and has put in rabbis in his party -even if only to be used as a fig leaf. It will be interesting to see how much influence and weight they will carry in the party. Time will tell. However, this is not really what I wanted to focus on for this blog.
Actually, I wanted to bring to your attention a very inspiring speech, that gives hope, for this new party. And that is not with the #1 candidate Yair Lapid, or even his #2 man, Rabbi Shai Peron. It is about #17 on the Yesh Atid list, Rabbi Dov Lipman (who has been a guest on my show before). Rabbi Lipman gave a speech at the knesset, and let me say, I was extremely moved and touched by his words, spirit, and idealism. Though I may not agree with everything his party stands for, I could very much relate to his idealism, desire for Jewish unity, and the concept of Torah V'Avodah (Torah study and working). I urge you all to watch this video below and pass it on, because whether you voted for his party or not, you will be inspired and impressed by his speech, as the other knesset members who came up afterwards (even from other political parties) to shake his hand and congratulate him.
I wish the best for Rabbi Lipman, and hope that he will inspire a positive change in the knesset and to all of the Nation of Israel.
Congratulations for a beautiful speech, Rabbi Lipman!