Israel Air Force Chief Rabbi Lt.-Col. Moshe Ravad 311.
(photo credit: IDF)
Rabbi Moshe Raavad, who caused a storm last week for criticizing the IDF’s
decision to obligate soldiers to attend ceremonies with performances by female
singers, will step down from his post as chief rabbi of the Israel Air Force,
the IDF announced Tuesday.
Raavad met with IAF commander Maj.-Gen. Ido
Nehushtan who decided the rabbi could not continue in his current post but would
not be fired from the IAF and could continue to serve in another
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Chief IDF Rabbi Brig.-Gen. Rafi Peretz had recommended
Raavad be dismissed from military service but Nehushtan decided Raavad could
stay in service after he apologized for his criticism.
Raavad caused a
storm after resigning from his position as head of “Shachar,” a program for
recruiting haredi (ultra- Orthodox) soldiers, in protest of Chief of Staff
Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz’s decision that religious soldiers would be
obligated to remain in military ceremonies even if they will need to listen to a
female singer’s performance. Gantz did rule that religious soldiers could
receive exemptions from attending performances at private unit events.