In the latest IDF affront to religious Jews and rabbonim, IDF Chief Education Officer Brigadier-General Avner Paz-Tzuk released a letter seeking to determine if rabbonim may be barred from official swearing-in ceremonies. Making worse perhaps is that he is not referring to non-military rabbonim because in his letter he makes specific reference to the rabbis serving in the IDF on different levels, such a platoon rav or even the rav of a battalion. The senior officer explains the presence of the rabbonim at a non-religious ceremony leaves him with a bad taste, of using his language, “A taam lifgam” (טעם לפגם). This is the officer selected by the IDF to oversee and approve all educational content given to soldiers.
In his internal letter, the senior commander expresses his desire to change protocol towards removing the rabbinical presence from military ceremonies. He adds that a solder can read pesukim from Tanach and the rabbonim are not needed for this.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)