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.