Last request – Rabbi Avichai Rontzki

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On April 1st, Rabbi Avichai Rontzki passed away. Rontzki was 66 years old. He is survived by his wife, six children and his grandchildren.

It was in 2016, when he went for medical preparations to altruistically donate a kidney that he discovered that he had colorectal cancer.

Rabbi Avichai Rontzki served in the position of IDF Chief Military Rabbi from 2006 to 2010, with a rank of Brigadier General.

When people think of the position of “rabbi” they do not often picture a warrior but Rabbi Rontzki was a warrior before he became a rabbi. He served in an elite IDF unit for his compulsory military service, and in the Paratroopers Brigade, became an officer and served as a company commander on the southern front with Egypt during the Yom Kippur war in 1973.

In 1980, he established the Hesder Yeshiva in Elon Moreh. In 1984, he was part of…

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