Excerpts of Senator Lieberman’s Remarks at 2012 Gala

Senator Lieberman addressed Nobel Prize winner and Open University Foundation Board Member Elie Wiesel who attended the Gala with wife Marion. “Thank you for all you have done for us … We take change as normal … We’re the generation to experience the miracle of the rebirth of Israel.”

“To get the Yigal Allon Award — [named after] a great pioneer, tremendous warrior [is a great honor].  Most who led to the establishment of Israel were not religious. The dream of Israel could not have happened without the work of men and women like Yigal Allon — who was not religious.  We are the People of the Book.  We don’t carry icons or statues. We carry the Torah — The Book.  And Open University is founded by the People of the Book.”

The Senator addressed the need for making Open University accessible to “the Haredi potential from within Israel — out of their community into the life of Israel.”  He concluded with a paean to the observance of the Sabbath.  Each guest received a copy of the senator’s book “The Gift of Rest: Rediscovering the Beauty of the Sabbath”