A Chaplain's Compassion

Rabbi Zimmerman truly knew how to walk the talk.

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Comments (10)

(7) Anon, October 31, 2017 12:48 AM

Dates don't work

how can it be the son of elderly holocaust survivors in the Korean War. couldn't be older than 8 years. Probably Vietnam.

Chaim, November 6, 2017 4:58 PM

Could be they were already (or almost) elderly during the Holocaust?

(6) Amichai Perl, October 26, 2017 3:47 PM

True true true!

Fantastic! Inspiring and 100% proven truth

(5) Anonymous, October 24, 2017 8:37 PM

wow that was very unique story
thank you

(4) Anonymous, October 24, 2017 7:43 PM

The story is not unusual

The above story has a few problems - 1) the chaplain could not ride in a vehicle but could carry on Shabbat?

This story is not unusual. Every chaplain that I know (and I know a few) would do the same thing, given the chance and circumstance. Our morality and compassion is not from a set of rules and regulations, but from the Torah. Maybe you should get to know a few chaplains before you start telling stories.

Chaim, November 1, 2017 6:01 PM

Chaplain Stories

Anon (4): To answer your question, most military installations are surrounded by a wall, fence, etc. and as such are considered to be in an Eruv.

You're very right that if you sit down with present or former Chaplains you'll hear many, many stories. But I don't think that should take away from this particular story.

(3) Elaine Tanenzapf, October 24, 2017 4:24 PM

Meaningful sincerity

This is how everyone ought to live their lives. It is acts of chesed that really matter . . . Shrouds do not have pockets so the time to express caring, empathy and support is in the here and now. Do not put off that which can be of help today to someone.

Jason, November 5, 2017 7:20 PM

Also Gevurah

Resisting the urge to argue his point, instead walking away. This also made an impact.

(2) Stuart Newman, October 24, 2017 2:54 PM


This was awesome - "who is like your people Israel?!"
I am going to send this to a friend in the Army Chief of Chaplains Office and see what he thinks..

(1) miri, October 23, 2017 1:21 PM

one step closer

i am crying! G-d, who is like Your people? that was the most beautiful story. how great and caring people can be for each other. may we all learn that lesson.


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