Goodbye, My Dear Rabbi

5 Mar

Rabbi Menachem Froman. May he rest in peace.

Today Rabbi Menachem Froman died, aged 68.

He was a leading advocate of peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

For years he lived and taught at the settlement of Tekoa, where he became one of the leading voices among settler rabbis for peace.

I never met Rabbi Froman, but I wish I had.

The first time I heard about him was when I was watching a video clip about his visit to a Palestinian village after a Mosque had been attacked by terrorists in late 2011. I have posted it below.

I was moved by his anger against the terrorists, as well as his sympathy for the victims.

I can just about imagine how I would have felt if my synagogue in Tehran had been attacked by terrorists. How sickened and angry I would feel to pick up burned piece of prayer books, to look at burned out walls and to read insults against holy Jewish prophets sprayed on the walls. And how I would have wanted a local Muslim religious leader to come and show sympathy to my community while condemning the terrorists. This is how all minorities want to be treated. When they are targets of terrorism because of their race and religion, they want to feel a sense of solidarity with the majority. They want to feel that they are not alone.

Well today I belong to the majority and Rabbi Froman’s words in Qusra against the terrorists and his solidarity with the Palestinian minority exemplifies the values which I was taught as a human being and as a Jew.

The video and his words still move me.

Rest in Peace, Rabbi Froman.

2 Responses to “Goodbye, My Dear Rabbi”

  1. Amol April 4, 2013 at 12:19 pm #

    I didn’t miss what you were saying. I just put a piiosvte spin on it which is more in line with my experiences. You seem to give the impression that you’ve been reading some Christian interpretation that divides the Torah into stories and laws . The stories are great for the kids’ Sunday school classes until they graduate to reading Paul all the time, and the laws are dead in Christ and not worth the time. I’m sure that there may be some places that think along those lines, but I’ve never been exposed to them, and I’ve gone to a number of different denominations before settling on MJ.I’d like to articulate my responses to the quotes above a bit more. I didn’t make any distinction between one part or the other of the Torah. Christ didn’t just fill up the stories , or priestly system, he filled up the entire Torah. It all foreshadows Messiah, while having a factual identity all its’ own. The entirety of the Torah is profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness. I’ve never heard any differently from an actual Christian pastor (discounting internet people ). God didn’t make any asinine laws; the heart of the master can be found searching any of them.If Gentiles aren’t required to keep the Torah, and aren’t required to religiously or ethnically convert to Judaism. Isn’t that what they should be getting out of Torah? The Community Covenant model you pose seems to focus on the necessity of community in keeping Torah. What sort of reading should be adopted by those who don’t?How about the above question; Should Jewish and Gentile believers have a different way of reading the Torah since they have a different relationship to it?

  2. Marina October 22, 2013 at 5:40 pm #

    Dear Honourable Rabbis:I tried to subscribe to your weitsbe but it didnt work so . please add me and let me know by e-mail at ,right away, of all and any new and current bible codes as soon as they are decoded. Please, I am very interested in the Holy Bibles CodesThank you.Also, can you PLEASE decode for 2013, america, also 2013 iran, also 2013 israel, so we know what is happening after 2012? We want to know if the world will still be here after 2012 since the 2012 comet prophecy and / I will crumble it in my hand leaves us with the question as to whether God mean HE will crumble the comet OR whether God will crumble our Planet Earth? It is unclear so could you please check the state of the planet earth and that 2012 comet for 2013 so maybe we can get more clarity on this matter?? PLEASE LET ME KNOW THE OUTCOMES IN 2013.Shalom, Elizabeth Allweiss, USA

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