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Posts Tagged ‘Military Rabbinate’

IDF Appoints Orthodox Officer to Command Education Corps

Monday, July 25th, 2016

The IDF General Staff on Monday decided to appoint Brigadier General Zvika Fairaizen as Chief Education Officer. According to the IDF Spokesperson’s announcement, Fairaizen, an Air Force man, used to command a squadron of unmanned aerial vehicles and his last post was as head of section 40 of the IDF Operations Division.

It should be noted that Brigadier General Fairaizen wears a knitted yarmulke, which constitutes an extremely meaningful change in the IDF’s recent attitude regarding Religious Zionism, following both the transfer of many educational functions from the military rabbinate to the education corps, and the controversy over the appointment of Rabbi Eyal Krim as the IDF chief rabbi.

Fairaizen is a resident of Neve Tzuf in Judea and Samaria, and graduated from a hesder yeshiva in Karnay Shomron. He was the first navigator in the IAF history to be appointed squadron commander.

Chief of Staff Maj. Gen. Eizenkot preferred to appoint Fairaizen, whose background combined combat operations and religious Jewish education, to lead the education corps over the head of the corps’s education department, Colonel Yael Hess, who in the past was criticized for promoting religious pluralism in the IDF. Rabbi Yigal Levinshtein, head of the pre-military yeshiva in Eli, who has himself come under much criticism from the left, has been critical of Hess, who is married to the CEO of the Conservative movement in Israel, for being “a self-declared Reform Jew, who is the number one authority in the IDF today on educating soldiers on faith and ideas.”

Maj. Gen. Eizenkot has recently removed the Dept. of Jewish Studies from the IDF chief rabbinate to the education corps.

David Israel

IDF to Become ‘Kosher for Passover’ by Thursday

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

As of Thursday, the Military Rabbinate will render all IDF bases kosher for the Jewish holiday of Passover. After weeks of heavy-duty spring cleaning, soldiers across the IDF will be joined in the field by military rabbis who will certify the bases and assist if need be. By the end of the day, with the mission accomplished, the IDF will be declared Kosher for Passover.

“Our duty is to guarantee that every soldier will eat well during the holiday, whether on base, out in field, in the midst of operational activity, on a vessel or on a plane – in a setting no less elegant than back home,” assured Chief Military Rabbi, Brig. Gen. Rafi Peretz.

Israeli military attaches in faraway countries are cared for as well: the Military Rabbinate has sent them a holiday package with a Hagada, grape juice for four people, and traditional holiday foods including Matza, celery, horse radish and Charoset. The packages also include popular Israeli foods which are difficult to come by abroad.

Soldiers whose service prevents them from sitting around a table for the holiday meal will receive packages with all the traditional holiday foods, enabling them to partake in every tradition and to feel the holiday spirit while out in the field.

Tibbi Singer

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/idf-to-become-kosher-for-passover-by-thursday/2012/04/04/

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