Rabbi Shlomo Goren: Torah Sage and General

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Documenting the unique and unforgettable contribution he made to the Jewish people, this biography of Chief Rabbi Brigadier-General Shlomo Goren details the life and legacy of the first chief rabbi of the Israeli army. From his childhood smuggling of arms for the Haganah to serving as a sniper in the War of Independence, and from the dangerous task of retrieving bodies from the field of battle behind enemy lines to the role he played in the recapturing of the Old City, the Western Wall, and the Temple Mount ...

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Documenting the unique and unforgettable contribution he made to the Jewish people, this biography of Chief Rabbi Brigadier-General Shlomo Goren details the life and legacy of the first chief rabbi of the Israeli army. From his childhood smuggling of arms for the Haganah to serving as a sniper in the War of Independence, and from the dangerous task of retrieving bodies from the field of battle behind enemy lines to the role he played in the recapturing of the Old City, the Western Wall, and the Temple Mount during the Six-Day War, the book emphasizes Goren’s importance to the physical defense of Israel. Beyond that, however, it also highlights his pioneering work in Jewish law and his monumental scholarship on the Jerusalem Talmud and a number of aspects of Jewish life, revealing another facet of a man who embodied the ancient ideal of being both a great Jewish scholar and a remarkable soldier in the service of God and the Jewish people.

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"This courageous and informative biography is a fascinating and inspiring story."  —Jewish Book World
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789657108819
  • Publisher: Urim Publications
  • Publication date: 7/15/2006
  • Series: Modern Jewish Lives Series
  • Pages: 221
  • Product dimensions: 6.98 (w) x 9.66 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Meet the Author

Shalom Freedman is the author of several books on topics of Jewish interest, including Living in the Image of God: Jewish Teachings to Perfect the World and Small Acts of Kindness.

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Table of Contents

1 Childhood 17
2 Young learner 21
3 Rabbi Avraham Yitzhak HaKohen Kook ztz"l 24
4 University student 26
5 Courageous young soldier 27
6 Relationship with Ben-Gurion 31
7 First Passover Seder 35
8 Saving Jerusalem from Jordanian invasion 38
9 Establishing the army rabbinate 40
10 Mitzva of bringing fallen soldiers to Kever Yisrael 42
11 Activities as an army rabbi 45
12 Sinai campaign 51
13 First religious paratrooper 54
14 Israel prize 55
15 Plan for the holy places 56
16 Six day war : Jerusalem reunited 57
17 Taking Rachel's tomb and the cave of the patriarchs 65
18 Forbidding Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount 69
19 Jewish prayer at the cave of the patriarchs : Dayan vs. Goren 74
20 From the army to Tel Aviv 76
21 Chief rabbinate 78
22 Last years 85
23 Rabbi Goren's worldview 93
24 A redemptive vision of modern Jewish history 95
25 The land of Israel according to Halacha 97
26 Settling Eretz Yisrael 98
27 The Jewish state : between exile and the messianic age 99
28 Religious significance of the state of Israel 101
29 Jewish right to sovereignty in all of Eretz Yisrael 103
30 Halachic status of Judea and Samaria 104
31 Rabbi Goren's opposition to a Palestinian-Arab state 105
32 Oslo betrayal 106
33 Peace as an ultimate Jewish ideal 108
34 Unfortunate hour of his leaving 109
35 Building the temple 113
36 Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount 114
37 The Temple Mount accusation 116
38 Worshiping on the Temple Mount : how not to make peace 124
39 Letter to the government : Jewish prayer on the Temple Mt 126
40 Recommendation for Jews to go up to the Temple Mount 127
41 A warning to Menachem Begin 129
42 Historical precedent for prayer on the Temple Mount 130
43 Diaspora communities and Aliya 133
44 A trip to Poland 134
45 Lessons of the shoah 136
46 Baseless hatred and gratuitous love 141
47 Foundation of Rabbi Goren's thought : "as God is merciful and compassionate, so are we to be merciful and compassionate" 142
48 Work ethic 143
49 Extraordinary pains to help others 145
50 To save one soul in Israel 146
51 Rabbi Goren as a father 149
52 Rabbanit Tzvia Goren 151
53 Friends and associates 153
54 Relationship with Yitzhak Rabin 155
55 Courage and genius 159
56 Conviction and tireless energy 161
57 Loyalty 162
58 Tremendous power of determination 163
59 As leader 165
60 Consistency in life and thought 166
61 Absence of regret 167
62 Price of being a leader 168
63 A man of controversy 169
64 Shortcomings 172
65 Misconceptions gathered around a name 176
66 Outlook as a posek 181
67 Rabbi Dr. Abraham Steinberg on Rabbi Goren as posek 182
68 Well-known Halachic rulings 184
69 Case of the brother and sister : the Langer case 187
70 Interview with Rabbi Joseph Klausner 189
71 Method of Rabbi Goren's thought 201
72 Writings 203
73 Rabbi Goren's relevance today 211
74 Lessons for today 215
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