PHOTOS: Rabbi Chaplain Amar of U.S. Army Awarded Medal for Saving Lives of 7 Suicidal Soldiers

2PHOTOS: Rabbi Chaplain Captain Raziel Amar, of the United States Army and endorsee of the Yeshivah Pirchei Shoshanim, was awarded last night a medal by the Secretary of the Army for saving the lives of seven suicidal soldiers, Rabbi Fishel Todd, the coordinator of Chaplain Activities for Yeshiva Pirchei Shoshanim tells TLS.

Chaplain Amar, while assigned to HHC, 1ST Battalion, 35th Armored Regiment, 2d Brigade Combat Team, used his skills which played a vital role in the effort to save the lives of Seven Suicidal Soldiers. In recognition, Chaplain Amar was given an Army Commendation Medal by his Commander the Honorable Colonel Thomas Dorame Commander at Fort Bliss, Texas, where Rabbi Amar is currently stationed.

“His expertise reflects great credit upon himself, the 1st Battalion, 35th Armored Regiment, the 2nd Brigade Combat team and the United States Army,” read the proclamation.

“Today, on the average there is a suicide every 25 hours somewhere in the Military,” says Rabbi Todd, who is an endorser of Chaplains to the United States Military. “The army recently issued a report that the majority of suicides are not from those who have been in active duty combat. In addition there is also an average of 22 veterans a day that commit suicide as well.”

Rabbi Todd added, “each suicide costs the Government literally hundreds of thousands of dollars, let alone the fallout that occurs in their immediate circle of family and friends.”

Rabbi Amar received his Semicha (ordination) from Yeshiva Pirchei Shoshanim. His family resides in New York, yet with their total backing they allow him to serve the Country and those that seek to protect it.

“We are expecting to hear a lot more from the Chaplain as he coaches others in dealing with this very delicate area.”

award 1Yeshiva Pirchei Shoshanim has Chaplains deployed throughout every branch of the United States Military, both domestically and around the world. Their Chaplains during Pesach hosted many hundreds of Jewish Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Airmen around the globe for the Sedorim – from Korea to North Carolina and anywhere in between. [TLS]


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  1. As a 20-year retired, US Air Force Combat Veteran who has had the tremendous privilege of serving/participating with many, many Chaplains worldwide, the over 10 Jewish Chaplain’s endorsed by Rabbi Todd and his wonderful Yeshiva Pirchei Shoshanim, (YPS), organization are all the “cream of the crop” and literally serve on the front lines along with seasoned combat troops in Iraq, Afghanistan, and throughout the world. They are all talmedei chochamim who are well versed & fluent in Shas, Mishneh Brurah, and all areas of Halacha (Jewish Law) in addition to being fluent in Hebrew, English, & in some cases many other languages. The tremendous positive impact to our war fighting effort has been enhanced by Rabbi Todd’s endorsed Jewish Chaplains
    We hope and pray that Rabbi Todd and his YPS will continue their awesome service to our country, which is desperately needed. May Hash-m continue to bless Rabbi Todd and his wonderful Jewish Chaplain’s Corps of seasoned Combat Chaplains whose services have comforted thousands of combat soldiers (Jewish and otherwise) and continue to sanctify G-d’s name where ever they are serving. G-d bless the United States, our soldiers, our chaplains, and the awesome mensch, Rabbi Fishel Todd, Esq.

  2. As a currently serving Soldier in the active duty U.S. Army, I am greatly humbled and motivated by the professionalism and selflessness of Rabbi Chaplain Amar. May we all seek to follow his example of Selfless Service with diligence and humility.

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