Rabbi Dov Lipman is a political activist based in Bet Shemesh. He rose to national attention for his work in combating extremism in Bet Shemesh and speaking on behalf of moderate Haredim (ultra-Orthodox) who seek greater involvement in sharing the national responsibilities and joining the workforce. He worked as Special Assistant to the Deputy Mayor and volunteered as a campaign manager in the 2008 Mayoral elections. His frequent columns in the Jerusalem Post and Time of Israel laying out his vision for a more unified and Jewish values based Israel has created a large following.
A graduate of Ner Israel Rabbinical College in Baltimore, Maryland, Rabbi Lipman has Rabbinic ordination from Rabbi Yaakov Weinberg, zt"l, and is also a graduate of Johns Hopkins University, with an M.S. in Education. An experienced educator, Rabbi Lipman has held numerous administrative and educational positions in the United States and Israel. He is a sought after lecturer on the topics of religion and state in Israel and inspiring today's youth.
Israeli President Shimon Peres wrote the following to Dov in light of his efforts: "You deserve appreciation for your activities which seek to build bridges of unity, understanding, and tolerance between the religious and non-religious populations in Israel. Your public actions serve as an example of responsible rabbinic work which adds honor to the Jewish nation and to the State of Israel and reflects the deep ethics and morals of Judaism in its glory."
- "THE CONVERSATION" - a dialogue during a train ride from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv between four types of Jews: Ultra-Orthodox, religious zionist, traditional Sephardic, and secular.
- "TO SAVE A NATION: Combating extremism, isolationism, and indecency to restore Jewish unity"
- "PARSHA POINTS TO PONDER" - a compilation of the weekly column which Rabbi Lipman has been writing for the Torah Tidbits for the past 7 years with questions to provike meaningful discussion at the Shabbos table.
- NEW BEGINNINGS," which contains essays with new insights regarding the beginning of every Parsha with lessons to start "new beginnings" in various aspects of our spiritual lives.