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A look into the important work of the IDF Rabbinate

Captain Rabbi Yehoshua Gerstein tells Arutz Sheva about the IDF rabbis' various jobs, from providing kosher food and religious items to tending to the fallen and boosting morale.

A look into the important work of the IDF Rabbinate

Hundreds of mezuzahs donated to the IDF found to be invalid

Givati Brigade Rabbi sent hundreds of donated mezuzahs to be inspected by the IDF Scribes Institute, which found many to be invalid.

Hundreds of mezuzahs donated to the IDF found to be invalid

Over 1000 bodies of 10/7 terrorists to be examined

Dental and DNA samples will be taken from each terrorist's body to ensure that there are no Jews among them.

Over 1000 bodies of 10/7 terrorists to be examined

'Two months later we are still identifying Oct. 7th vicitms'

IDF Rabbinate's female coroner team leader says that despite the difficult scenes, the importance of the work keeps her team going.

'Two months later we are still identifying Oct. 7th vicitms'

IDF rabbis demand reservists recant refusal

200 military rabbis have signed a letter rebuking the reservists who announced they would not serve in the IDF due to the judicial reform.

IDF rabbis demand reservists recant refusal

IDF Rabbinate cares for Israeli delegation's spiritual needs

The Rabbinate members provided religious necessities, from Kosher food to a synagogue and special instructions for Shabbat.

IDF Rabbinate cares for Israeli delegation's spiritual needs

IDF Rabbinate book deals with non-Jewish religious beliefs

"Officers must be familiar with beliefs, customs of non-Jewish soldiers," says IDF spokesman.

IDF Rabbinate book deals with non-Jewish religious beliefs

Will IDF kitchens become no-go areas for religious soldiers?

Initiative to introduce dairy cooking into officers' lounges just a first step, says Rabbi Levanon. It comes into practice today.

Will IDF kitchens become no-go areas for religious soldiers?

Historic meeting of Israeli & European Jewish army chaplains

"We have very different challenges, but we still have a lot to learn from one another."

Historic meeting of Israeli & European Jewish army chaplains

Yeshiva Rabbi tells students to avoid dairy kitchens in IDF

The headmaster of Yeshivat Elon Moreh has instructed his students not to eat dairy food cooked in IDF kitchens.

Yeshiva Rabbi tells students to avoid dairy kitchens in IDF

'Catastrophe' in the IDF: Dairy cooking may be allowed again

Decades later, the IDF may lift a lengthy ban on dairy in base kitchens. Military Rabbis have warned against the move.

'Catastrophe' in the IDF: Dairy cooking may be allowed again

Coronavirus in IDF rabbinical course

70 cadets from IDF rabbinical course ordered into isolation after 2 of them test positive for coronavirus.

Coronavirus in IDF rabbinical course

Passover preparations in the IDF

Hundreds of soldiers recruited to take the place of the reservists who usually prepare for Passover on the bases.

Passover preparations in the IDF

IDF body identification lab converted to coronavirus lab

IDF Chief Rabbinate joins war against coronavirus, converts DNA lab to facility capable of handling hundreds of specimens daily.

IDF body identification lab converted to coronavirus lab

MK Gafni protests non-kosher food in IDF kitchens

UTJ's MK Gafni appeals to Defense Minister Naftali Bennett to maintain status quo in IDF kitchens and prevent entry of non-kosher food.

MK Gafni protests non-kosher food in IDF kitchens

Watch: IDF Rabbinate's Choir performs 'Haben Yakir Li'

Accompanied by Chief IDF Cantor Shai Abramson, IDF's Rabbinate Choir performs classic at Israeli music festival.

Watch: IDF Rabbinate's Choir performs 'Haben Yakir Li'

IDF relaxes restrictions on facial hair for religious soldiers

The IDF relaxed its grooming standards to enable religious soldiers to grow beards after revised rules in 2016 caused a huge backlash.

IDF relaxes restrictions on facial hair for religious soldiers

IDF Rabbinate holds special Shabbat for bereaved families

Rabbinate held this past weekend a special Shabbat at a hotel for religious families of soldiers who were killed during their IDF service.

IDF Rabbinate holds special Shabbat for bereaved families

Army Rabbinate really against 'Joint Service Order'?

Modesty laws booklet reveals true position of IDF Rabbinate in relation to mixed-gender order it was forced to sign.

Army Rabbinate really against 'Joint Service Order'?

'Leftists are trying to destroy the IDF Rabbinate'

Forum of reservist IDF rabbis say attacks on IDF Chief Rabbi appointee part of larger effort to marginalize Judaism within the IDF.

'Leftists are trying to destroy the IDF Rabbinate'

New IDF Chief Rabbi subjected to rehashed 'controversy'

IDF Personnel Directorate head calls Rabbi Karim for 'clarification conversation' regarding statements made by the rabbi 3 and 4 years ago.

New IDF Chief Rabbi subjected to rehashed 'controversy'

New Chief Military Rabbi appointed

Rabbi Eyal Moshe Karim, former paratroopers commander and author of a book on Jewish military law, will be the next Chief Military Rabbi.

New Chief Military Rabbi appointed

Smotrich erupts over IDF Rabbinate reorganization

During Knesset committee meeting MK Bezalel Smotrich called plan to reorganize IDF Rabbinate 'underhanded opportunism'.

Smotrich erupts over IDF Rabbinate reorganization

Chief rabbis demand PM keep 'Jewish Consciousness' in rabbinate

In letter to PM, Rabbis David Lau and Yitzhak Yosef insist transferring Jewish Consciousness dep't from IDF Rabbinate will cause 'ruin.'

Chief rabbis demand PM keep 'Jewish Consciousness' in rabbinate

'The IDF Rabbinate has declared its own death'

Critics fume after IDF Chief of Staff officially announces decision to remove Jewish Consciousness department from IDF Rabbinate.

'The IDF Rabbinate has declared its own death'

Eizenkot removes 'Jewish Consciousness' from rabbinate

IDF Chief of Staff gives in to leftist groups, moves key department from military rabbinate to personnel directorate.

Eizenkot removes 'Jewish Consciousness' from rabbinate

Leading Rabbis Call to 'Save the IDF Rabbinate'

Rabbis hold conference in Jerusalem to discuss the budget cut threats facing rabbinate, and explain why rabbinate so crucial to the army.

Leading Rabbis Call to 'Save the IDF Rabbinate'

Rabbis: Soldiers May Eat Meat During 'Nine Days'

Soldiers need their strength, and fighting terrorists to save Jewish lives trumps the custom not to eat meat this week, IDF Rabbis said.

Rabbis: Soldiers May Eat Meat During 'Nine Days'

IDF on 'Bible Alert' for September

Ground Forces Rabbi hints there may be a need for intense spiritual support for troops in September.

IDF on 'Bible Alert' for September

IDF Eulogy Text Moves Closer to G-d

The new chief of staff has approved a change in the text recited in military memorial ceremonies to include G-d’s Name.

IDF Eulogy Text Moves Closer to G-d

Israel's Chief Rabbis Visit IDF's Chief Rabbi

Israel’s chief rabbis, Rabbi Yona Metzger and Rabbi Shlomo Amar, met on Sunday with Chief Military Rabbi Rafi Peretz and his staff.

Israel's Chief Rabbis Visit IDF's Chief Rabbi

On LIne Judaism in the IDF: Shabbat-Friendly Phones for Soldiers

The IDF rabbinate has developed a device that will allow soldiers to speak on the telephone without Shabbat desecration.

On LIne Judaism in the IDF: Shabbat-Friendly Phones for Soldiers