Chief Military Rabbi Made Strong Impact During Gaza War

Brig. Gen. Rabbi Rafi Peretz coped well with the difficult halakhik questions of establishing death and mourning rules.

In recent years the IDF’s Chief Rabbinate has been making headlines mainly for controversial activities to advance “Jewish awareness,” but in the past month it was faced with the stark reality of its duty – identifying the dead and bringing them to burial. Its mission was to establish the deaths of soldiers whose bodies were taken by Hamas, and it did this.