Dov Lipman

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Dov Lipman
דב ליפמן.jpg
M.K. Rabbi Dov Lipman
Date of birth (1971-09-09) 9 September 1971 (age 42)
Place of birth Silver Spring, United States
Year of aliyah 2004
Knessets 19
Party represented in Knesset
2013– Yesh Atid

Dov Lipman (Hebrew: דב ליפמן‎, born 9 September 1971) is an Israeli Knesset member of the 19th Knesset.[1] He is a member of Yesh Atid, and was placed seventeenth on the party's list for the 2013 Knesset elections.[2]


Dov Lipman was born in Silver Spring, Maryland, the son of Ronald Lipman, a US Federal judge. He attended the Yeshiva of Greater Washington in his hometown and completed his rabbinical studies at Yeshivas Ner Yisroel in Baltimore while in a concurrent program with the Johns Hopkins University, where he earned a master's degree in education.[3] Lipman received ordination (smicha) from his Rosh Yeshiva, Rabbi Yaakov Weinberg. After marriage, Lipman spent two years at the Kollel in Cincinnati. He immigrated to Israel in 2004.[4]

In the 1990s, Lipman was asked to serve as principal of Eshkol Academy, in suburban Washington DC. Subsequently, Lipman was offered a faculty position in Israel and decided to move there. Since then, Lipman served as a faculty member at several institutions for post-high school Torah learning, such as Yeshivat Yesodei HaTorah, Yeshivat Reishit Yerushalayim, Machon Maayan, and Tiferet. Lipman has also authored several books on Jewish topics.

Lipman lives in Beit Shemesh with his wife and four children.[1] He became active in politics in response to local extremism and was asked to join the slate of candidates of the fledgling Yesh Atid Party for the 2013 election. After his entrance into the 19th Knesset, Rabbi Lipman renounced his United States citizenship as required by Israeli law.[5]

Political career[edit]

As a member of Yesh Atid, Lipman advocates basic secular education for all schools in Israel wanting to receive government funding, increased employment opportunities for those among the Orthodox population who want to join the work force and some form of national service, be it military or social, for every citizen. He believes his task is to be "a conduit of tolerance and acceptance" between the Haredi and secular world.[6]

Since joining the Knesset, Lipman has given a keynote address at the 2013 Rabbinical Council of America Convention (Orthodox) and the 2013 Limmud Conference in the United Kingdom. Lipman was also part of the official Israeli delegation to Nelson Mandela's funeral in South Africa.


In the wake of Lipman's argument that Haredi boys schools in Israel should be taught math and English, the dean of the rabbinical college Lipman attended called him a "wicked apostate."[7] He later retracted that statement, describing him as an "unintentional sinner."[8]


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