Bearded rabbi accepted to US army without shaving

ByJTA
December 4, 2011 10:58

Rabbi Menachem Stern will now be able to serve as Army Reserve chaplain after settling a lawsuit against the military.

Rabbi Menachem Stern

Rabbi Menachem Stern 311. (photo credit:Chabad.org)

NEW YORK - A bearded Chabad rabbi has won his battle to join the US Army without shaving his beard.

Rabbi Menachem Stern, whose approval to serve as an Army Reserve chaplain in 2009 was rescinded because he refused to shave his beard, will be allowed to serve after settling a lawsuit against the military, Chabad-Lubavitch News reported. Stern expects to be sworn into service next week and begin chaplain training in January.



Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


RELATED:
Ask the Rabbi: May Jewish men use electric razors?

Though army policy does allow religious waivers for beards on a case-by-case, the waivers had previously been granted only after the men entered the service clean-shaven.

In December, Stern filed a lawsuit against the military after attempts - aided by Senators Joe Lieberman, Charles Schumer and Kristen Gillibrand - to receive a waiver failed.


According to the Aleph Institute, a Chabad organization that assists Jewish military personnel, there are currently 37 Jewish chaplains in the US military, including nine rabbis on active duty.

The Aleph Institute will be live streaming Stern’s swearing in ceremony on Dec. 9.
Relevant to your professional network? Please share on Linkedin

Share this article via
Related Content
Joan Rivers
August 28, 2014
Joan Rivers rushed to hospital following throat surgery

By JPOST.COM STAFF

Israel Weather
  • 14 - 28
    Beer Sheva
    17 - 25
    Tel Aviv - Yafo
  • 14 - 24
    Jerusalem
    17 - 23
    Haifa
  • 22 - 34
    Elat
    18 - 32
    Tiberias