|FAITH AND FORCE
Belowt: The Jewish Worship Pennant flies above the American Flag aboard a U.S. Navy Ship, symbolizing "One Nation, Under God." Right: The three symbols of the U.S.Military Chaplaincy--Christian, Muslim, Jewish--on the arms of 3 Navy Chaplains.
Right: "Camouflage Kippa"
(Click for newspaper article on the story of the kippa, which replaced his blood-soaked skullcap following the 1983
Truck Bomb Attack);
Below- Foxhole Counseling, 1984, with the Marines in Beirut. (Click photos for more info.)
|Click here for:
President Ronald Reagan's 1984 Keynote Speech:
Rabbi Resnicoff's Beirut Report
(Text and Video Options)
|RABBI ARNOLD E. RESNICOFF|
|Rabbi Arnold E. Resnicoff is a consultant on interfaith values and interreligious affairs; a former line officer who served in Vietnam's Mekong Delta, followed by assignments with Naval Intelligence (Naval Security Group) before attending rabbinical school; a retired Navy Chaplain who earned the Defense Superior Service Medal for his work with military and civilian leaders throughout Europe, Africa, and the Mid-East while serving as the Command Chaplain for the U.S. European Command; and a former National Director of Interreligious Affairs for the American Jewish Committee. From June 2005 to June 2006, he served as Special Assistant (for Values and Vision) to the Secretary and Chief-of-Staff of the U.S. Air Force, with the equivalent military rank of Brigadier General. Headquartered in the Pentagon, this appointment took him to Air Force bases in more than ten countries around the world, including those in Iraq, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates. On June 16, 2006, Secretary of the Air Force Michael Wynne presented him with the USAF Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service--the highest award that the Air Force can present to a civilian.
Chaplain Resnicoff was part of the small group of Vietnam Veterans who helped create the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, delivering the closing prayer at its 1982 dedication. He was present in Beirut, Lebanon, on Oct 23, 1983, when a suicide truck bomb killed 241 Americans, and wounded 60 others. The report the White House asked him to write about that tragedy was read in full by President Ronald Reagan as his keynote address to the Rev. Jerry Falwell's "Baptist Fundamentalism 1984" convention in Washington, DC. His article, "Prayers that Hurt: Public Prayer in Interfaith Settings," has been used in many civilian and military chaplain training programs, and two of his own prayers are included in "The Treasury of American Prayer." He was the first chaplain to teach a course at a military war college ("Faith and Force: Religion, War, and Peace," at the Naval War College), and was the recipient of the President's Honor Graduate Award for his time there as a student. He was the driving force behind the military's decision to participate in the Days of Remembrance of the Victims of the Holocaust, and involved in many issues of religion, ethics, and morals in the military, including expanded policies of military accommodation of the free exercise of religion, such as the right of Jewish personnel to wear kippot/skullcaps while in uniform.
Faith and Force: Religion, War, and Peace
"Faith and Foxholes: Religion in the Military"
Saturday morning or lunch
"Swords and Plowshares:
Jewish Views of War and Peace"
Saturday evening or Sunday breakfast
"Dreams from Nightmares:
The Jewish Way to Remember"
Alternative(partnering with church/es?)
"From Diatribe to Dialogue--and Beyond:
New Rules of Engagement for Interfaith Relations"
More Lecture Info
|Camp Hope Refugee Camp, Albania, 1999.|
for more info.)
|SCHOLAR IN RESIDENCE
Faith and Force, Leadership and Ethics, Interfaith Relations, Memories and Dreams
| Captain, Chaplain Corps,USN (Ret)
(Values and Vision)
to the Secretary and
of the U.S. Air Force
| Selected Notes in the News:
Op-Ed, USA Today, July 12, 2010
Interfaith Dinner, Toronto, Apr 2007
"We can't afford to fight each other"
Reflections on my year with the Air Force), Washington Jewish Week, Jun 06
AF Core Values linked to Oath, Jun 06
Iraq Visit, Aug 05
Jewish War Veterans Convention, Aug 05
Is Anyone Ever Truly Prepared to Kill?
Op-Ed: Christian Science Monitor, Jun 04
Prayers for the Senate, 2003
Christian Science Monitor, May 2002:
"A Call For Perceptiveness"
St. Petersburg Times, Dec 2001
"Lion, Lamb, Reside in One Man"
Taking Faith to the New Front Lines, 1999
CLICK HERE TO EMAIL RABBI RESNICOFF
|Nov 11,2002--Standing next to Jan Scruggs, founder of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Rabbi Resnicoff delivers the closing prayer at the 20th anniversary Veterans Day ceremony at the Vietnam Veterans Wall--the same closing prayer he delivered at the Nov 82 dedication.|
|U.S. Senate: Being introduced by
Senator Stevens, to deliver the prayer to
open the session, Jan 22, 2003.
|With Gen and Mrs. Wesley K. Clark,
USEUCOM Headquarters, Stuttgart
|Left: With William Cardinal Kasper, the Vatican's top representative on Ecumenical Affairs, and Jewish-Catholic relations, 2002.|
|Left: Clinton White House
discussing religious approaches to
violence in our schools, 1998.
|White House, Hanukka Reception,
|June 16, 2006, The Honorable Michael Wynne, Secretary of the Air Force, presents Rabbi Resnicoff with the USAF Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Serivce, the highest award the AF can give to a civilian.|
|Apr 84, President Reagan reads Rabbi Resnicoff's report of the 1983 Beirut truck bomb attack as the keynote speech for Jerry Falwell's convention, "Baptist Fundamentalism '84."|
|Click here to see WIKIPEDIA for more information, including complete bio and links to additional videos.|
|Click below for articles on:
Judaism and Jewish Holy Days
Article on Leadership and Vision
Article on Marines in Beirut
Article on 1983 Beirut Barracks Bombing
Article on limits to our actions against an enemy
Prayers that Hurt: Article on Prayer
Article on Combat Ministry
Sermon: Yom Kippur in Rejkjavik
Article: Jewish Views of War and Peace
|Right: Visiting patients at the Air Force Theater Hospital, Balad Air Base, during a 2005 visit to Iraq. To his left is Lt.Col.(Dr.) Mark Werner, 332nd Expeditionary Medical Operations Squadron Commander.|