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Remembering Rabin

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.



Individual chapters

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
Jeremy Leibler

Rabin’s legacy
Mark Dreyfus QC MP

Songs of peace
Emily Gian

A changed course
Rinat Kedem Bart

A foundation
Jack Chrapot

Shir Leshalom
Ruth Lacey

Rabin and the youth
Yael Grunseit

Hope and responsibility
Michael Manhaim

The Israeli assembly
Noa Shaul

My Song for Peace
Sapir Atias

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
Omer Bar-Lev

One desert, two communities of women
Hagar Baram

Rethinking my Zionism
Simone Szalmuk-Singer

Three shots
Ginette Searle

About the authors

Remembering Rabin: Australian reflections on the 25th anniversary of his assassination
Selection and editorial content © Zionist Federation of Australia 2020
Individual chapters © their respective contributors 2020
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