Rabbi Menachem Froman, the much-loved rabbi of the Tekoa settlement in the Gush Etzion region, has suffered a serious decline in health due to his ongoing battle with cancer and was, as of Monday night unconscious and critically ill.
Froman, a leading figure in the national-religious movement, was diagnosed with colon cancer more than two years ago and family members have said that the rabbi is now close to death. For many years, Froman would give a Torah lesson on the book of the Zohar, a work of Jewish mysticism, every Sunday night, and the same session was held, without the rabbi, at his house in Tekoa this Sunday night, attended by 200 of the Froman’s students and devotees.
Froman has been an advocate for peace and dialogue with the Palestinians despite also supporting the settlement movement since its inception.
He has been strongly critical of the recent “price tag” phenomenon in which extremist elements in the settlement movement have carried out arson and vandalism attacks against Palestinian civilian and religious targets.