WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — An Orthodox Jewish rabbi who was barred
from serving as an Army chaplain because he refused to shave the beard
required by his faith has won his legal fight against the military and
will be sworn in Friday.
Rabbi Menachem Stern of Brooklyn will be officially admitted to
the chaplaincy in a ceremony at The Shul Jewish Community Center in
Surfside, Fla. Stern is a member of the Chabad Lubavitch movement of
Judaism, whose rabbis are prohibited from shaving their beards.
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