A Letter from a Settler to My Rabbi

Yonaton Behar,

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צילום: ערוץ 7
Yonaton Behar
Yonaton is happily married with 6 children, and 9 grandchildren, and lives in the most amazing Torah community in the world - Har Bracha.

Dear Rabbi Eliezer Melamed,

Shalom, Shavua Tov, and Chodesh Tov!

Rabbi, I have known you for over 32 years, starting from the time you so kindly befriended a group of "chutznikim" (non-Israeli's) who had come to study Torah in the Yeshiva of Beit El where you learned and taught Torah. For all the Torah you have taught me, and for all the life you have given me, I thought it would be appropriate to thank you in a special blog. However, taking into consideration the statement of our wise and holy Sages: "One does not come to fully comprehend the knowledge of his teacher before forty years" (Avodah Zarah 5b) -- and realizing that thanking you for everything you have done for me, my family, and our community would take about ten blogs, I have decided that instead of attempting to sing your praises -- a task way beyond my capabilities -- I would go out to the streets, stores, and daycare centers of Har Bracha -- the community you and your wife, Rabbanit Inbal, have built -- and take a random sampling of people I came across. I asked them a seemingly simple question: define Rabbi Melamed in two words. Here are the results:

1) Shmuel Avital, Owner of a Construction Company: "Holy and realistic"

2) Anonymous, Store Owner: "Leader and special"

3) Nechama Rosenstein, Graphic Artist: "No-nonsense and practical"

4) Ofir Bloom, Tour Guide: "A Rabbi"

5) Reut Turgeman, Daycare Assistant: "Torah scholar"

6) Ilan Pandinker, Real Estate Agent: "Man of vision"

7) Chaim Margulis, Executive Secretary of Har Bracha: "My Father-in-law"

8) Elyashiv Grosser, Project Coordinator: "Visionary and realistic"

9) Elkana Meshumar, Security: "Rabbi Melamed"

10) Netta Lichtenstein, Dietician, Teacher: "Precise and universal"

11) Anonymous, Teacher: "Man of vision"

12) Zack Waller, Executive Director of HaYovel: "Brave and effective"

and finally, your's truly: "Gadol Hador", or, "The Greatest Rabbi of Our Generation"!