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A Jewish Chaplain’s Vietnam Memoir

Hosted By: National Museum of American Jewish Military History (NMAJMH - Washington, DC)

Rabbi Sheldon Lewis joins the National Museum of American Jewish Military History 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.

 

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