Book Review: The Fighting Rabbis: Jewish Military Chaplains and American History


by Albert Isaac Slomovitz

New York: New York University Press, 1999. xiv, 170 pp. . Illus, notes, biblio., index. $35.00. ISBN:0-8147-8098-9

A well-written and informative history of the military rabbinate in the armed forces of the United States. Slomovitz, himself a former Navy chaplain, begins the story very early, in colonial America, long before the appointment of the first formal Jewish chaplains. Although the focus is on Jewish chaplains, there is a good deal of material on the chaplaincy in general, and on the role of Jewish personnel in the armed forces.
Reviewer: A. A. Nofi   

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