Germany’s Army Installs First Rabbi Since Before Holocaust

Bernhard Felmberg (l.), Protestant Military Bishop, Zsolt Balla (M), State Rabbi, and Franz-Josef Overbeck, Catholic Military Bishop, stand next to each other in the synagogue. (Reuters Marketplace-DPA Pictures)

The German army has installed its first Jewish rabbi in 100 years, multiple outlets report.

Hungarian-born Rabbi Zsolt Balla, 42, one of Germany’s leading rabbis, said of his appointment, “It is our goal to make it normal again for Jewish citizens to serve in the German army.”

Pastors and priests are already providing spiritual services to German soldiers, but the estimated 300 German Jewish soldiers have had no such support.

But rabbis are by no means new to German military service, the Daily Wire reports. With some 12,000 Jewish Germans volunteering for military service in 1914 when World War I broke out, establishing a Jewish military chaplaincy became essential. By September 1914, the first rabbis were introduced as chaplains.

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SOURCE: Charisma News

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