Saved by the book

Moshe David Schwartz has a special heirloom – a book of Psalms that accompanied his father and grandfather through Israel’s battles.

September 5, 2013 19:04
IDF RABBI Capt. Moshe David Schwartz. ‘The Psalms protect me,’ he says.

IDF RABBI Capt. Moshe David Schwartz 370. (photo credit: courtesy)


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The small holy book, with its dark cover, nearly fits in the palm of your hand. Its pages are worn, with the fibers of its binding thinning, appearing as if they can unravel at any second. But this copy of Psalms, in the possession of IDF Rabbi Capt. Moshe David Schwartz, who oversees the spiritual needs of hundreds of soldiers in four specialized combat battalions, serves as the familial link between three generations of defenders of the Land of Israel.

This volume of Psalms, passed down by Schwartz’s grandfather to his father, and now to Schwartz, was read from by all three men throughout their illustrious tours of duty – which, between them, includes serving in nearly every war or major military operation in this country’s young but turbulent history.


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