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A Jewish Chaplain's Vietnam Memoir
Rabbi Sheldon Lewis joins us to discuss his book Letters Home: A Jewish Chaplain's Vietnam Memoir.

Rabbi Lewis was deployed to Vietnam as an Army chaplain from 1970 to 1971 to be present with Jewish personnel in the Central Highlands. Serving men and women drafted into a morally fraught war with increasing protest back home, he tried to bring a listening ear and the comfort of Jewish tradition to lonely and conflicted people. Fifty years later, from letters sent home, he retells and relives the drama and agony of serving in that era.

Feb 10, 2022 03:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Sheldon Lewis
Rabbi
Born in Chicago, Rabbi Shelly Lewis was educated at the University of Chicago and the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City, where he was ordained as a rabbi. He was a student of Professor Abraham Joshua Heschel and was active in civil and human rights causes, especially the movement to free Soviet Jewry. Rabbi Lewis served as an Army chaplain in Vietnam. For 33 years, he was the rabbi of Kol Emeth in Palo Alto, CA before retiring in 2007 and is now rabbi emeritus.