Soldier of faith

The IDF High Command overlooked the nationalist pietism of incoming Chief Chaplain Col. Eyal Karim and endured a storm over his comments on women and gays.

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August 10, 2016 13:18
Eyal Karim

Rabbi Col. Eyal Karim served in the Sayeret Matkal Special Forces Unit. (photo credit: IDF)

 
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