Avichai Rontzki

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Avichai Rontzki
Born(1951-10-10)October 10, 1951
Haifa, Israel
DiedApril 1, 2018(2018-04-01) (aged 66)
AllegianceIsrael
Service/branchIsrael Defense Forces
Years of service1969 – 2010
RankBrigadier General
UnitMilitary Rabbinate
Commands heldCommander of the Military Rabbinate
Other workRosh Yeshiva of Itamar

Avichai Rontzki (Hebrew: אביחי רונצקי‎, October 10, 1951 – April 1, 2018) was the Chief Military Rabbi of the Israel Defense Forces. He served in the position from 2006 to 2010, with a rank of Brigadier General.

His predecessor in that position was Rabbi Israel Weiss. Rontzki was also the rosh yeshiva of the Hesder Yeshiva in the West Bank settlement Itamar.

His four years in office have led to several controversies. Some of his statements upset not only secular Israelis, but led many organizations outside of Israel to accuse him of inciting terrorism.[1]

References[change | change source]

  1. Harel, Amos (2008-10-23). "Israel military rabbi under fire for 'brainwashing' soldiers". Haaretz. Archived from the original on 28 May 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-21.