The Fighting Rabbis: Jewish Military Chaplains and American History (Paperback)
  • The Fighting Rabbis: Jewish Military Chaplains and American History (Paperback)

The Fighting Rabbis: Jewish Military Chaplains and American History (Paperback)

Paperback 170 Pages / Published: 01/03/2001
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Reveals the significant and sometimes heroic roles rabbis have played in our nation's defense
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.

Publisher: New York University Press
ISBN: 9780814798065
Number of pages: 170
Weight: 227 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 13 mm

The Fighting Rabbis surges with true and exciting stories 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 *
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.)
Slomovitz has pointed the way towards what could become a new and fascinating dimension of Jewish military history. * H-Net reviews *
[A] useful history of American rabbis serving as chaplains in the country's armed forces.. . . Utilizing archival materials and interviews with past and present chaplains, the author has enriched his work. * Journal of American History *
Very readable . . .an inspiring testimonial of heroic behavior and of ongoing Jewish commitment to the US and its military. * Choice *

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