Rabbi Haim Druckman, settlement movement founder, dies of corona at 90

 Rabbi Haim Druckman, a controversial figure, but also widely respected as spiritual leader, educator and major power broker in Israeli politics for decades, dies of corona aged 90. He challenged the ultra-religious circles – as well as the Religious Zionist party – over his more liberal views. He also espoused the Hesder yeshiva network of seminaries for young religious men to combine military service with religious study.  On his death he was mourned by his many followers, and eulogized by President Yitzhak Herzog, PM-designate Binyamin Netanyahu, and opposition leader Yair Lapid.


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