Rabbi Menachem Froman died on Monday at the age of 68, following a prolonged illness.
Froman, rabbi of the West Bank settlement of Tekoa, was unique among settler rabbis in that he was a leading proponent of Israeli-Palestinian dialogue as far back as the 1980s, when contact with the PLO was still illegal. He was the spiritual leader of many young people and was known for his extensive contacts with people from a wide range of ideological circles. He was in constant contact with politicians, military leaders and in particular artists including writers, musicians and actors. More recently, he championed the idea of dialogue between Jewish and Islamic religious leaders as a path to peace, in which context he held intensive talks with religious leaders from both Hamas and Israel’s Islamic Movement.
In recent years, Froman launched several religious peace organizations. He also developed close ties with a wide range of people who spanned the political and ideological gamut, including army officers, politicians and, above all, creative artists from the worlds of literature, music and theater.
Froman suffered from cancer of the large intestine and is survived by his wife, Hadassah, and 10 children.
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This story "Menachem Froman, Backed Coexistence With Muslim Fundamentalists, Dies at 68" was written by Yair Ettinger (Haaretz).