"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
--"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
--"Colonel Jack B. Zimmermann, USMCR (Ret.)"
"Illuminates the significant role that rabbi-chaplains inuniform
have played in promoting the spiritual welfare of members of the
Armed Forces--both Jewish and non-Jewish--ever since the Civil
--"Rabbi David Lapp, Director of Jewish Chaplains Council"
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
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 thatthe U.S.
military itself has been a hostile place for Jews, in the process
providing a unique perspective on American religious history.
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