Eliezer Waldman (Hebrew: אליעזר ולדמן‎, born 11 February 1937) is an Israeli Orthodox rabbi and former politician, who served as a member of the Knesset for Tehiya between 1984 and 1990. Rabbi Waldman is the co-founder and President of Yeshivat Nir Kiryat Arba.

Eliezer Waldman
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Date of birth (1937-02-11) 11 February 1937 (age 82)
Place of birthPetah Tikva, Mandatory Palestine
Knessets11, 12
Faction represented in Knesset


Waldman was born in Petah Tikva in 1937, during the Mandate era. At the age of three, his family emigrated to the United States. Waldman subsequently studied at Yeshiva University and Brooklyn College. In 1956, he returned to Israel through the Bnei Akiva Hachshara program. After the one-year program, he was accepted into the Mercaz HaRav yeshiva, where he studied with Haim Drukman under Rabbi Zvi Yehuda Kook.

Waldman was one of the leaders of Jewish settlement in Hebron, and one of the founders of the Kiryat Arba settlement. He founded Yeshivat Nir in Kiryat Arba in 1972 alongside Yehoshua Rosen and Moshe Levinger, later becoming its president, with his son Noam as Rosh Yeshiva.[1] According to Menachem Livni, in 1980 Waldman volunteered to take part in a Jewish Underground plot to carry out car bomb attacks against Palestinian officials.[2]

Waldman was also among the founders of the Gush Emunim movement and the Tehiya party. In 1984, he was elected to the Knesset on the party's list. He was re-elected in 1988, but resigned from the Knesset on 31 January 1990, and was replaced by Elyakim Haetzni.[3]


  1. ^ About The Nir Yeshiva of Kiryat Arba-Chevron Nir Yeshiva
  2. ^ Ehud Sprinzak (1987) "From messianic pioneering to vigilante terrorism: The case of the gush emunim underground", Journal of Strategic Studies, 10:4, 213, DOI: 10.1080/01402398708437321
  3. ^ Knesset Members in the Twelfth Knesset Knesset website

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