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- January 7, 2022

A memoir of war

In 'Letters Home,' Palo Alto rabbi recounts his year as an Army chaplain in Vietnam

by Chris Kenrick

As a traveling chaplain in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, Rabbi Sheldon Lewis said he drew upon religious traditions to summon "an island of the familiar amidst the chaos of war" for Jewish service members.

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Contributing writer Chris Kenrick can be emailed at ckenrick@paweekly.com


Posted by Daniel Lilienstein
a resident of Barron Park
on Jan 7, 2022 at 10:30 am

Daniel Lilienstein is a registered user.

I'm grateful to know this about Rabbi Lewis, and I look forward to reading more.

Posted by Nayeli
a resident of Midtown
on Jan 9, 2022 at 11:51 am

Nayeli is a registered user.

Thank you for this article. What an amazing journey that Rabbi Sheldon Lewis has experienced! It's interesting how so many of our experiences have the ability to mold our views. As the old saying goes, "the only thing that we learn from history is that we [usually] learn nothing from history." I added the "usually" to that quote. I want to live my life like this rabbi so that I am one of those unusual individuals who do learn from history.

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