Rabbi Shmuel Felzenberg

The New Jersey Star Ledger has a great article about Army chaplain Rabbi Felzenberg. For those that don’t know, Rabbi Felzenberg is currently serving as the chief rabbi for all of the US troops serving in Iraq.

The brief article gives some insight on the daily life of a Jewish chaplain in Iraq, as well as some specifics about the rabbi. My favorite quote has to be the rabbi’s response when asked about the sometimes poor attendance at services:

“They have a largely better alibi” than most Jews in civilian life who skip services, Felzenberg joked. “When I say, ‘I missed you at services,’ they can say, ‘I was doing a small arms search.'”

… priceless!