Menachem Froman was an Orthodox rabbi, a founder of the settlement movement, and a peacemaker and negotiator with close ties to Palestinian religious leaders.
A native Israeli from a rabbinical family of the Ger hasidic sect, Froman was a student at the noted Mercaz HaRav Kook yeshiva in Jerusalem. He served as paratrooper during the Six Day War and was an early member of the Gush Emunim settler movement.
He was a founder of the settlement of Tekoa and served as its chief rabbi. Although he was part the settler "Mayflower generation," but he followed his own path: meeting with Arafat and Hamas and endorsing a Palestinian state. Froman was known for the spiritual, musical, and kabalistic teachings he conducted in Tekoa in recent years.
He died March 3, 2013 after a long struggle with cancer..