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Air force Rabbi Lieutenant-Colonel Moshe Raved
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IAF rabbi remains in corps, resigns current position
Lieutenant-Colonel Moshe Raved, who resigned over IDF's refusal to excuse religious troops from official events that feature women singing, will remain with Air Force until his contract expires
Air force Rabbi Lieutenant-Colonel Moshe Raved will not continue in his current position but will continue to serve in the corps. The decision was reached in a meeting Raved held with Air Force Commander Brigadier General Edo Nehoshtan.

 

Sources close to the rabbi expressed their satisfaction with the meeting's outcome and with the fact that the recommendation of the IDF chief rabbi – to have Raved dismissed – was not accepted. Meanwhile, the IDF Rabbinate focused on the bottom line – Raved will no longer serve as the Air Force's rabbi.

 

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Raved, who heads an IDF program for recruiting haredi soldiers, courted controversy over his decision last week to resign a day after the army announced it would not excuse religious troops from official events that feature women singing.

 

Raved's decision to resign was severely criticized by IDF Chief Rabbi Brigadier-General Rafi Peretz, who called him in for clarifications and then recommended that Raved be dismissed immediately from his position.

 

Peretz then came under attack from Raved's associates, who claimed that the IDF rabbi was involving himself in matters that did not concern him. In response, sources close to Peretz said that Raved was driven by personal and political motives.

 

According to the IDF website, "The Air Force agreed to the rabbi's request to resign from his position." Raved apologized for his conduct and is expected to serve in the Air Force in another position until his contract draws to an end at the end of the year.

 

IAF Chief Nehoshtan accepted the rabbi's apology.

 

Raved noted in the meeting with Nehoshtan that he "worked zealously to promote haredi service in the IDF." He stressed the importance of the service and his commitment to continuing the "successful process."

 

Kobi Nahshoni contributed to the report

 

 

 

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