Dr. David Friedman passed away on September 5, 2021, after an intense battle with COVID-19. He was surrounded by family and friends.
Friedman was the first Messianic Jew to run for office in Israel’s 2019 elections in a party called the Israel Bible Bloc. He got involved in Israeli politics after meeting Avi Lipkin in IDF officer’s training course, he told Israel Today in an interview at the time. “Only two soldiers would pray shacharit each morning. We got to know each other and became friends. I saw that he, an Orthodox Jew, and myself a conservative Messianic Jew, have much in common,” he explained.
Known in Messianic circles as Rabbi Friedman, he was a prominent voice for authentic Jewish faith in the Messiah Yeshua. “I am still a part of our people. Israel’s destiny is my destiny. Israel’s prayers are my prayers,” he told Israel Today. “If we want, as Jewish believers, to function as part of our people, then I find it fit to join with my people in our public prayers.”
Lieutenant Friedman served as an IDF Spokesman under Miri Regev, former Brigadier-General and IDF Spokeswoman. Regev is today a Member of Knesset with Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party.
Friedman was a Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations Rabbi, a US-based network of over 75 congregations in 8 countries including Israel. He served as Rabbi of a local Messianic Synagogue in the Jerusalem area.
Rabbi Friedman was loved by many in the Messianic body in Israel and around the world and will be missed by those of us who knew and loved him.
Here are a few of the many expressions of appreciation for David coming in from Messianic leaders from around the country:
“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of a beloved Servant of G-D, Disciple of Yeshua, Lover of Torah, Faithful Husband, Devoted Father, Proud Grandfather, Dedicated Rabbi, Humble Teacher, Reliable Friend, Persistent Advocate for Aliyah and the Unborn, and a Patriotic Israeli War Veteran.”
“With great sorry we learned of the passing of our Brother David Friedman. David was a beloved servant of the Messiah who devoted his live to build the Kingdom of God in Israel. He will be missed in the Messianic Body, but we know, believe and hold fast in hope that one day we will meet each other again at the feet of the Messiah.”
“He is the first personal friend I have lost in this pandemic, and it grieves me greatly. He was a gentle man, loving, wise, a scholar and a fighter for Israel, in his promotional work in the Church world and a Zionist who sought greater justice in Israel.”