When Yitzhak Rabin was cut down on 4 November 1995, the shock was felt around the world. In this book, created to mark the 25th anniversary of his assassination, Australians and Israelis with a connection to Australia reflect on the life and legacy of Rabin, and how the assassination changed them personally, changed their community and changed Israel.
Some contributors to this book knew Rabin personally. Others were born only after he died. Some have a long history in the Labor movement, others come from different political persuasions. Some are religious, others not. But all were profoundly affected by the example of Rabin’s life and the lessons of his death, and all are united in understanding the importance of finding the middle ground, rejecting extremism of any kind, and implementing in their lives the examples Rabin provided.
Community leaders, academics, rabbis, youth movement activists, shlichim and philanthropists provide an insight into Rabin’s life, his decision-making, his sense of honour and mission, and into the impact on their personal and collective Zionism when a Jewish assassin murdered the leader of the Jewish state.
The book can be read on this page, or downloaded here. Alternatively, the individual chapters are available to read below.
Dr Bren Carlill
Embodiment of the Israeli story
Rabbi James Kennard
The last liberated prime minister of Israel
Greer Fay Cashman
The silent majority must not be silent
Mark Dreyfus QC MP
Songs of peace
A changed course
Rinat Kedem Bart
Rabin and the youth
Hope and responsibility
The Israeli assembly
My Song for Peace
A legacy undiminished by tragedy
Jillian Segal AO and Alex Ryvchin
A man of honour
Mark Leibler AC
A Washington memoir
Sam Lipski AO
A man of peace and Jewish peoplehood
Prof David Mittelberg
The genesis of a tragedy
Dr Rachael Kohn AO
“This is what Rabin would have wanted”
Dr Ran Porat
The Rabin oration
One desert, two communities of women
Rethinking my Zionism
Remembering Rabin: Australian reflections on the 25th anniversary of his assassination
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