Jews in the military

Jewish Veterans Testify Against Sectarian Prayer In Military

11/20/2014

Washington — Two Jewish veterans testified in Congress against allowing chaplains to engage in sectarian prayer in nondenominational settings.

How Jewish GIs Observed Rosh Hashanah In World War II

08/25/2013
Special To The Jewish Week

By the end of World War II, some 550,000 American Jewish men and women had served in the military forces from the South Pacific to the European theater.

Rabbi Steven Rein: A U.S. Air Force Chaplain On Chanukah And The Morality Of War

12/10/2012

Serving our country as a chaplain is, in many respects, about living with a great tension. Chaplains serve as visible reminders of the holy – the antithesis to war and conflict. Yet the very people I serve and the uniform I wear represents the harsh reality of battles and self-sacrifice, even if in the pursuit of freedom and liberty. Indeed, both to the soldiers I counsel and my congregants at Park Avenue Synagogue, I have long sought to reconcile our desire to pursue peace, in full knowledge that, as Ecclesiastes states: “There is a time for war.”

Rabbi Steven Rein
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