Rabbi Shear Yashuv Cohen: The IDF Rabbi

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Rabbi Shear Yashuv Cohen, Chief Rabbi of the Israel Air Force

Rabbi Cohen’s first rabbinic experience was a military chaplain. In this capacity, he conducted scores of weddings, supervised the kashrut in the military bases, and generally instilled Jewish values in the soldiers. Rabbi Cohen served in a number of different capacities, and was eventually appointed to the position of Chief Rabbi of the Israeli Air Force, a position which he held until the year 5715 (1954/5), when he was released with the rank of major. Even after his “release,” however, he continued to serve in the reserves for over twenty years, until after the 1973 Yom Kippur War, despite his own war injury. During the Yom Kippur War, Rabbi Cohen served as the chaplain of the front command division, under the charge of his friend, Maj. -Gen. Ariel (Arik) Sharon (1928-2014), who later became the Prime Minister of Israel.

Excerpted with permission from Rabbi Shear Yashuv Cohen
pp. 184, Urim Publications, 2017

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