The Fighting Rabbis: Jewish Military Chaplains and American History

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November 1998



Rabbi Elkan Voorsanger received the Purple Heart for his actions during the Battle of Argonne. Chaplain Edgar Siskin, serving with the Marines on Pelilu Island, conducted Yom Kippur services in the midst of a barrage of artillery fire. Rabbi Alexander Goode and three fellow chaplains gave their own lifejackets to panicked soldiers aboard a sinking transport torpedoed by a German submarine, and then went down with the ship.American Jews are not usually associated with warfare. Nor, for that matter, are their rabbis. And yet, Jewish chaplains have played a significant and sometimes heroic role in our nation's defense.The Fighting Rabbis presents the compelling history of Jewish military chaplains from their first service during the Civil War to the first female Jewish chaplain and the rabbinic role in Korea, Vietnam, and Desert Storm. Rabbi Slomovitz, himself a Navy chaplain, opens a window onto the fieldwork, religious services, counseling, and dramatic battlefield experiences of Jewish military chaplains throughout our nation's history.From George Washington's early support for a religiously tolerant military to a Seder held in the desert sands of Kuwait, these rabbis have had a profound impact on Jewish life in America. Also striking are original documents which chronicle the ongoing care and concern by the Jewish community over the last 140 years for their follow Jews, including many new immigrants who entered the armed forces. Slomovitz refutes the common belief that the U.S. military itself has been a hostile place for Jews, in the process providing a unique perspective on American religious history.


Albert Isaac Slomovitz is an ordained rabbi and a CAPT (Colonel) in the Navy Chaplain Corps. He recently earned a Ph.D. from Loyola University of Chicago in ethnic history, and is currently assigned as the Senior Chaplain at the Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Florida.


"Chaplain Slomovitz has opened the door to a previously undocumented, untold chapter of the history of the Jews in America. The Fighting Rabbis should be read with great pride by the Jewish American community, and with admiration by all others." --Vice Admiral Bernard M. Kauderer(Ret.) "The Fighting Rabbis surges with true and exciting storeis of faith and fortitude little known to the American public. How I wish it were required reading for all military chaplains, and for all clergy and military leaders who care about God's ministry among our men and women in the armed services. Rabbi Slomovitz has granted us a record of great significance." --Rear Admiral Donald K. Muchow "More than simply the story of Jewish military chaplains in America, The Fighting Rabbis offers broad contextual material on the entire scope of Jewish American history. It also shatters two significant myths about Jews and the American military: that they did not serve, and that the U.S. Armed Services have always been a bastion of anti-semitism. A seminal contribution to American history." --John Sherwood, author of Officers in Flight Suits: The Story of American Air Force Pilots in the Korean War "Rabbi Slomovitz, himself a 'Fighting Rabbi,' honors a dedicated group of religious military leaders whose accomplishments have remained untold for too long. The American Jewish community at large does not fully recognize the sacrifices and services of Jewish Americans who have gallantly served our country and our faith. This book should be in every military and synagogue library." --Colonel Jack B. Zimmermann, USMCR (Ret.) "Illuminates the significant role that rabbi-chaplains in uniform have played in promoting the spiritual welfare of members of the Armed Forces--both Jewish and non-Jewish--ever since the Civil War." --Rabbi David Lapp, Director of Jewish Chaplains Council
EAN: 9780814780985
ISBN: 0814780989
Untertitel: New. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: November 1998
Seitenanzahl: 170 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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