Menachem Begin’s Legacy and Israel’s Future, Monash Israel Oration by Daniel Gordis (Tuesday 4 June, 7.30pm H116)

On the centennial of Menachem Begin’s birth in Poland, Daniel Gordis explores the life and legacy of Israel’s former Prime Minister based on a biography he is writing about one of Israel’s most enduring and surprising national figures. 

The Monash Israel Oration honours the name of Sir John Monash through a public lecture on the history and culture of modern Israel. Past orators include Fania-Oz Salzberger, Itamar Rabinovitch, Anita Shapira and Amos Oz.

Dr. Daniel Gordis is Senior Vice President and the Koret Distinguished Fellow at the Shalem Center in Jerusalem.  He is a regular columnist for the Jerusalem Post, and a frequent contributor to the New York Times, in print and on-line. The author of numerous books on Jewish thought and currents in Israel, and a recent winner of the National Jewish Book Award, Dr. Gordis was the founding dean of the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at the University of Judaism, the first rabbinical college on the West Coast of the United States. Dr. Gordis joined Shalem in 2007 to help found Israel’s first liberal arts college, after spending nine years as vice president of the Mandel Foundation in Israel and director of its Leadership Institute.

Gordis is widely cited on matters pertaining to Israel. Professor Alan Dershowitz has called him “one of Israel’s most thoughtful observers,” while Jeffrey Goldberg of the Atlantic has written, “If you asked me, ‘of all the people you know, who cares the most about the physical, moral and spiritual health of Israel?’ I would put the commentator and scholar Daniel Gordis at the top of the list.”  Leonard Fein has written that Gordis is “perhaps the single most popular speaker on Israel to American Jewish audiences.”