Rabbi Amital is a larger than life character whose biography includes survivor of a Nazi labor camp, Haganah fighter, Rosh Yeshiva, and cabinet minister in the Israeli government. This book of excerpts from his writings and speeches is an introduction to an educator and thinker known to too few people. His is a voice of an Israeli Orthodox leader and scholar who recognizes the danger of an Orthodoxy that has spawned Baruch Goldstein and Yigal Amir. Rabbi Amital calls for the rabbinate and religion to once again become relevant to the life of the Israeli public, advocates for a true peace in the region, and teaches a Torah in which halacha is put into perspective. While he opposes Reform Judaism as a formal movement, he speaks on behalf of Reform Jewish voices in matters that pertain to religion in Israel. At a time in which tension between the Orthodox and non-Orthodox in Israel continues to rise, his teachings should be studied widely.
Rabbi Arnold D. Samlan is a Jewish educator and rabbi living in Miami, Florida. He serves as executive director of the Orloff Central Agency for Jewish Education of Broward County.