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Dayan: Rabbi Goren Did Not Violate Military Regulations by Officiating at Conversion

Gen. Moshe Dayan, Israel’s Defense Minister, today defended Chief Army Chaplain Rabbi Shlomo Goren against charges that he had violated military regulations by officiating at the conversion of a civilian, Mrs. Helen Zeidmann, here last week. In a letter published in Hatzofe, the religious daily, Gen. Dayan said that while military regulations prohibit extracurricular work by Army personnel, the conversion of Mrs. Zeidmann could not be regarded as work and Rabbi Goren received no payment. Gen. Dayan said that while the conversion may have provoked political consequences it was in itself a religious, not a political act.