Events

The Culture of Debate in Israel: Creating Tolerant Discourse Within the Orthodox Community

Tuesday, May 9, 2017
7 PM at Congregation Beth Tefillah map
Cost: $18 (Suggested Donation)

Rabbi Yehuda Gilad

Rosh Yeshiva, Former Israeli Knesset Member, Rabbi of a leading Kibbutz!

Rabbi Yehuda Gilad

Rabbi Yehuda Gilad

Rav Yehuda Gilad holds a bold Jewish world-view that embraces human rights and personal dignity. Born in Brazil and raised in Petah Tikvah, he studied in Israel’s finest yeshivot, including HaYishuv HeChadash in Tel Aviv, Mercaz HaRav in Jerusalem and Yeshivat Har Etzion in Gush Etzion. While enrolled at Yeshivat Har Etzion, he served as a combat soldier in the Armored Corps rising to the rank of Captain. After completing his army service he earned his Teacher’s Certificate from the Yitzchak Herzog Teachers College and Rabbinical Ordination from the Chief Rabbinate.

Rav Gilad is a national spokesman for the morally sensitive in the religious community and has earned recognition for his outspoken views and grassroots activism in promoting a Jewish and a democratic state — one without contradiction and without coercion from the religious establishment. Since 1983, Rav Gilad has served as rabbi of Kibbutz Lavi. In addition to fulfilling the many facets of this role within the Lavi community, he consistently offers his services to all neighboring settlements, such that many people today see in him a symbol of the just, moral face of Torah to the entire Lower Galilee region. In 1993, he founded Yeshivat Ma’ale Gilboa, where he continues to be Rosh Yeshiva. Committed to the idea that yeshiva students should not take advantage of Torah study to avoid civic duties, students serve a full, three-year military service as part of their five-year program.

Rav Gilad is a national spokesman for the morally sensitive in the religious community and has earned recognition for his outspoken views and grassroots activism in promoting a Jewish and a democratic state – one without contradiction and without coercion from the religious establishment.

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