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        6/17/2012, Sivan 27, 5772

      IDF Remembers Rabbi Gad Navon


      Memorial services were held, Sunday morning, to mark the sixth anniversary of the passing of former chief rabbi Gad Navon of the Israel Defense Forces. According to Wikipedia, the Moroccan born and trained rabbi helped with the immigration of Jews to the land of Israel during the British Mandate and immigrated himself after the modern Jewish state was declared in 1948, rising through the ranks as a combat soldier and chaplain to become the IDF's third chief rabbi. During his tenure he developed training for military rabbis and published halakhic papers on the issue of identification of fallen soldiers.

      Chief IDF Rabbi Rafi Peretz said that Rabbi Navon "lived the great ideal, saw the difficulties and crises, and knew how to fight so that the idea and the crises would become something fuller. This is the great comfort that this great spirit continues in the army."