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Chief Rabbi Brigadier-General Shlomo Goren (1918-1994) made a unique and unforgettable contribution to the Jewish people. More than any other person, he embodied the ancient ideal of being both a great Jewish scholar and a remarkable soldier in the service of God and the Jewish people. He was the first chief rabbi of the Israeli Army (and later of Israel) and the most significant formative force in creating the Jewish nature of the army. His great genius in learning is reflected not only in his pioneering work in Jewish law and his monumental scholarship on Talmud Yerushalmi, but in a wide variety of books touching upon almost all areas of modern Jewish life and thought.
His service as a soldier for Israel involved him in every possible kind of duty: from childhood smuggling of arms for the Haganah to serving as a sniper in the War of Independence, from the holy and dangerous task of retrieving bodies from the field of battle behind enemy lines to the moments of glory when he served as an inspirational presence in notable battles, and most memorably in the 1967 war, where he is wellremembered for his part in the recapture of the Old City, the Kotel, and the Temple Mount.
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Shalom (Seymour) Freedman was born in Troy, New York, and received a Ph.D. in English and American Literature from Cornell University. He moved to Israel in 1974 in the wake of the Yom Kippur War. He studied Hebrew in the ulpan at Beit Ha'am and served in the civil defense unit of the Israeli Army over a period of twelve years. He works in Israel as a free-lance writer and translator, and has contributed to a variety of Jewish publications. For many years he has participated in traditional Jewish learning in houses of study in the holy city of Jerusalem. He has co-authored two works of interviews with teachers of Bible which center on the theme of devotion to God, In the Service of God and Learning in Jerusalem, and a book on the life and thought of Rabbi Irving Greenberg, Living in the Image of God.
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A small introductory work Mar 9, 2007
This is a small introductory work about one of the most important religious figures of modern Israel. Rabbi Shlomo Goren was both a great scholar and central figure in the Army of Israel. He was a person of extraordinary personal courage who time and again risked his life for the well- being of the people of Israel.He did this both on the battlefield of the War of Independence and on the ramparts in the War of Attrition in 1970. His famous charge to the Temple Mount and Western Wall in the Sixty- seven war is part of Israeli legend. He is considered one of the pioneering Poskim (Religious decisors) in areas as diverse as medical ethics and the release of 'agunot'. This book is a small one divided into two parts the first telling of the life of Rabbi Goren. The second is devoted to his thought. The hope was that this would inspire further researches including more detailed and comprehensive ones which would do justice to this remarkable Jewish leader.
Needs to be rewritten Jan 11, 2007
Some of the stories are inspiring but the problem is the repetition. The author repeats the same story from chapter to chapter, sometimes just a few pages apart. Remove the repetition and improve the writing style to be above that of junior high school level and you might have a book but its doubtful.
Extremely interesting Jul 23, 2006
The cover of this book is a photograph worth 5,000 words, for it announces the importance of Rabbi Goren, as he blew the Shofar at the Western Wall upon the liberation of Jerusalem on June 7, 1967.
And the cover photograph is a wonderful beginning, for the book is an excellent biography of a very interesting and important Israeli Rabbi. The 215 page book is composed of 74 chapters--as these number suggest, short and simple enough that even a middle school student would find them interesting and accessible.
Rabbi Goren was a and Torah scholar and General who reached out to Jewish people of all denominations, and who emphasized the importance of joining the Jewish people together as one, in the land of Israel. He argued that it was a mistake to create a religious ghetto within Israel, and a mistake to create a religious ghetto within the Defense Forces.
Rabbi Goren was both a man of study and a man of action, who fought courageously during Israel's war for Independence and was often on the battlefield in the many wars that followed.
Rabbi Goren spent his life searching for a common cause and meaning amongst the Jewish people of Israel. May he rest in peace, and may his spirit give strength to all of us.