At the center of the first Israeli conference on Shabbat, Society and Economics, which will be held today at the Jewish People Museum “We” in Tel Aviv at the initiative of the UNPLUGGED Shabbat project, will be social, economic and cultural issues, all in connection with Shabbat, which will be discussed with senior officials and opinion leaders
The conference will be opened by President Yitzhak Herzog and will be attended by Minister of Religious Affairs Matan Kahana, Minister of Culture and Sports Hili Trooper, Minister of Communications Yoaz Handel and MK Yuli Edelstein. Guest of honor: Joe Lieberman, Who served as a senator for about 24 years, served as chairman of the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, and ran on behalf of the Democratic Party for the position of Vice President of the United States.
Lieberman also wrote a book on the subject of Shabbat – “The Gift of Rest: A Rediscovery of the Beauty of Shabbat” – which was translated into Hebrew and launched last night at the “We” Museum in the presence of the Chief Rabbi of Israel, David Lau.
In a special interview with Maariv ahead of the conference, Lieberman explains: “Shabbat has always played a central role in my life. We would like to take Shabbat to a much higher level in order to strengthen the unity among the Jews.”
Lieberman expresses concern about the trend of assimilation into the Jewish community in the United States. “American Jews continue to be in close contact with Israel, but some feel that their values are not respected in Israel. There is still significant support for Israel among American Jews.”
“It is very important to promote the truth about Israel and fight the false propaganda against Israel in colleges. It is part of the problem, but I still see a lot of support from non-Jewish Americans, especially Christians and evangelicals, and it is very important for Israel’s security,” he added.
Lieberman is concerned about the decline he sees in the support of the Democratic Party in Israel and he believes that Israel must work hard to “earn” its support again. “Sympathy for Israel is at its lowest level, perhaps even since the establishment of the state,” he says. “The effort to warm relations must be on Israel’s part. The Israeli government must confront its American counterparts with the facts, in face – to – face talks.”
Lieberman greatly appreciates the president Joe Biden, But has reservations about his dealings with Iran. “We served together in the Senate for 24 years,” he says. “I have respect and affection for him. He is a good and valued man, an effective political leader who has done a lot in the Senate and he also has a very positive attitude towards Israel and he is very close to the Jewish community in America. However, I disagree with his policy. “Extremist anti-American terrorism like Iran. I am concerned about its policy towards Iran, but I will continue to support it as much as I can.”
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