The Israel Film Service Collection

Rabbi Shlomo Goren

66 Minutes, 2005
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Directed by: Amnon Teitelbaum
Production:Amnon Teitelbaum
Production Company:Israel Film Service
Photographer: Roni Katzanelson
Language: Hebrew
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This biographical documentary delves into the life of Rabbi Shlomo Goren, the first Chief Rabbi of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). Produced by the Israeli Film Service, it traces his life course from childhood in Poland, his activity as part of the Jewish underground movements during the British Mandate, to his extensive service as the IDF’s Chief Military Rabbi and later as Israel’s Chief Rabbi. Through interviews with his close associates, peers, and various researchers, the film highlights Goren’s significant part in Israel’s wars, his decisions shaping the Israeli army, and his impact on religious Zionism. It also explores his political stances in several controversies within Israeli society. The film offers a detailed portrayal of Rabbi Goren, who garnered widespread support and respect, even among those who disagreed with his viewpoints.

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