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by Albert I. Slomovitz

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ISBN:
0814798063
Author:
Albert I. Slomovitz
Category:
Americas
Language:
English
Publisher:
NYU Press (March 1, 2001)
Pages:
170 pages
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Fighting Rabbis is a short, chronological narrative of the history of Jewish chaplains in the US military. Slomovitz notes that the story of fighting rabbis and hundreds of other Jewish chaplains is an unknown and untold saga in American Jewish history (ix)

Fighting Rabbis is a short, chronological narrative of the history of Jewish chaplains in the US military. It covers the period from colonial times to the present, documenting how "Wherever troops went, their chaplains followed" (123). Slomovitz notes that the story of fighting rabbis and hundreds of other Jewish chaplains is an unknown and untold saga in American Jewish history (ix). It is his aim to remedy the fragmented and non-systematic history of existing scholarship on American Jewish military history.

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The Fighting Rabbis presents the compelling history of Jewish military chaplains from their first service during .

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.

Albert Isaac Slomovitz, an ordained rabbi and a Navy chaplain, makes it clear that, in his view, despite some American Jewish perceptions that the United States military was "tinged" with anti-Semitism, quite the opposite was true. Indeed, in Slomovitz's view, "the military functioned as an institutional force representing equity and religious sensitivity" (p. xi).

Rabbi Slomovitz's book The Fighting Rabbis is not only a stirring tribute to the bravery, heroism, and tenacity of American Jewish military chaplains in the face of war, hardship, and privation, but equally so, it is an eloquent testimony to the highest principles of patriotism an. .

Rabbi Slomovitz's book The Fighting Rabbis is not only a stirring tribute to the bravery, heroism, and tenacity of American Jewish military chaplains in the face of war, hardship, and privation, but equally so, it is an eloquent testimony to the highest principles of patriotism and humanitarianism displayed on the part of the American Jewish community in supporting its military chaplains

Albert Isaac Slomovitz, The Fighting Rabbis: Jewish Military Chaplains and American History (New York, . John Wesley Brinsfield, Faith in the Fight: Civil War Chaplains (Stackpole Books, 2003), 37.

Albert Isaac Slomovitz, The Fighting Rabbis: Jewish Military Chaplains and American History (New York, . New York University Press, 1999), 16. ^ Isaac Markens, "Lincoln and his Relation to the Jews," The Reform Advocate: America's Jewish Journal 37 (20 Feb 1909): 31. ^ Lee Levinger, A History of the Jews in the United States (Wildside Press LLC, 2007), 254. ^ Lee Levinger, A History of the Jews in the United States (Wildside Press LLC, 2007), 256. ^ John Wesley Brinsfield, Faith in the Fight: Civil War Chaplains (Stackpole Books, 2003), 37.

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

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.

A well-written and informative history of the military rabbinate in the armed forces of the United States. Slomovitz, himself a former Navy chaplain, begins the story very early, in colonial America, long before the appointment of the first formal Jewish chaplains. Although the focus is on Jewish chaplains, there is a good deal of material on the chaplaincy in general, and on the role of Jewish personnel in the armed forces.

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 and their rabbis are not normally associated with warfare, but Jewish chaplains have played a significant and sometimes heroic role in defence of the nation. This history has been written by one of their number who is in the US Navy. Albert Isaac Slomovitz is an ordained rabbi and a CAPT (Colonel) in the Navy Chaplain Corps. He recently earned a P. from Loyola University of Chicago in ethnic history, and is currently assigned as the Senior Chaplain at the Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Florida. Country of Publication.

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.

  • Painshade
I bought this as a gift, however upon getting a chance to read provided some interesting stories about WWII. Chaplains in general, and specifically Rabbis typically do not get a lot written about them, however they have provided great services to our soldiers throughout the history of our country.
This book brings to light a subject many people know nothing about.
  • Landamath
My father fought in WWII. He mentioned about the Fighting Rabbis in the war so I had to read about them to understand what my dad was telling me about. It was worth reading.