NEW YORK (Sep. 27)
Colonel Shlomo Goren, chief chaplain of the Israel Armed Forces, who is probably the only rabbi who is also a paratrooper, arrived in the United States in order to participate in the intensified effort for Israel bonds in synagogues on the High Holy Days.
Colonel Goren is one of his country’s outstanding religious leaders and has accompanied Israel’s troops under peaceful conditions and in combat. He has participated in and completed various training courses, including the parachute jump, which earned for him the winged insignia of the Israel Parachute Corps. He is a veteran of many campaigns, including service with the Haganah during the British Mandate.
As a military chaplain, Colonel Goren has compiled a special prayer book and also a Haggadah for the Israel Army, to weld a single liturgy for the men who come from diverse Jewish communities and backgrounds. In addition, he has composed many prayers for various situations in army life during battles and peace time.