Nissan Slomiansky

Nissan Slomiansky was born in 5706 (1946) and grew up in Ramat Gan. He went to the Nechalim Yeshiva High-School and studied in the Hesder Yeshiva Cerem B’Yavne where he received rabbinical certification after standing out, even in his early years, as a Talmid Chacham (Torah Scholar). He enlisted to the Nahal Paratroopers unit and reached the rank of first lieutenant.

Since completing his studies in Yeshiva, and in addition to all of his robust public service, Nissan delivers Shi’urim (Torah classes) on a regular basis in his local synagogue and serves as the go-to Rabbi for many followers with questions. He also studied physics and math at Bar Ilan University as well as receiving a teacher’s certification in Judaism. At Tel Aviv University he earned a Masters in law, specifically Jewish law, until joining “Gush Emunim” (a religious Zionist social movement for settling Israel).

Being among the first leaders of the settlement movement, Nissan has been active in strengthening the settlements via every position that he has held since. He was the first secretary-general of Gush Emunim and founded the settlement Elkana, serving as its mayor for 21 years. During the struggle against the Oslo Accords, Nissan served as the operations officer of the Yesha Council (the municipal body in charge of Judea and Samaria), founded Matot Arim (an NGO that, among other things, ranks members of Knesset based on their contribution to the settlement movement) and founded Panim el Panim (literally “Face to Face,” an organization that facilitates direct engagement between the settler population and other segments of the Israeli populace). During his term as mayor, Nissan established a diverse educational campus in Elkana that includes daycare centers, kindergartens, a religious elementary school, a religious girls’ high-school, and the Orot Yisrael Academic College.

Nissan Slomiansky only began his career in politics during the 14th Knesset after the passing of MK Avraham Yitzchak Stern on Yom HaAtzmaut 5757 (May 12, 1997). During the 16th Knesset, Nissan was a member of the municipal lobby, the head of the pensioners’ lobby, a member of the Finance Committee, and the head the Mafdal (National Religious Party) faction in the Knesset. During this period, Nissan set a record for being the only member of Knesset to be present for 100% of the meetings and votes; likewise, he was known for being an extremely prolific legislator.

During the 17th Knesset, Nissan continued to be the Mafdal’s representative in the Finance Committee (for five years straight) and was known as one of the pillars of the committee, active and influential.

During the elections preceding the 18th Knesset, Nissan was #4 on the party list, and the party only received three seats in the Knesset. Nonetheless, Nissan continued to adhere to his goals, and to this say he continues to take an active part in Finance Committee discussions, to accompany and advise organizations, and to help the Gar’inim Torani’im (Torah-oriented community-embedded social-outreach groups), non-profit organizations, educational institutions, and other various bodies. He was so active that journalists and other public figures used to refer to him as “the 121st member of Knesset.”

In 2011, Nissan was appointed to Vice President of the Lander Institute, replacing Reserves-General Y. Amidror who was appointed to the Chief of Staff of the National Security Institute. Nissan has continued to enthusiastically contribute via this channel as well.

 

*translated by Zechariah Reich