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Haaretz: the IDF restricts the activities of the military Rabbinate

The command of the IDF prepares for the closing of the Department of Jewish identity in the army Rabbinate, was reported by Gili Cohen in ha’aretz.

According to published information, this step is planned as a further step to reduce the powers of the military Rabbinate, which was initiated by the chief of the General staff Gadi Eisenkot.

Ha’aretz writes that the power of closing division will be transferred to the jurisdiction of the educational forces («hall a-hinuch»), as well as significantly reduce the scope of its activities.

As previously reported, the changes that are going to make a new achenstra related to the fact that many in the army called the growing influence of military rabbis in the military. In this context, recall that former chief military Rabbi avihai Rontzki were the soldiers who participated in operation Cast lead. In cadence Ranzcog also expanded the activities of the Department of Jewish identity in the military Rabbinate. This caused criticism not only in the army, but the left wing of the Israeli political system.

In March 2015 educational forces commander Brigadier General Avner Paz-the Tsuka has written to the head of personnel management of General staff major General Haggai Topolansky a letter urging the military to forbid rabbis to participate in the ceremony of taking the oath.

«I consider unacceptable the fact that the Central participants in the ceremony, along with the commanders, become the Rabbi of the armed forces and the Rabbi of the unit. Military oath is not a religious ceremony, and it is impossible to give it such an appearance,» wrote the General.

It is noted that the initiative on the closure of the division supported high-ranking officers of the IDF, including head of personnel Department major General Hagai Topolansky.

Military Rabbinate, in turn, sharply disagrees.

Haaretz: the IDF restricts the activities of the military Rabbinate 01.12.2015

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