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In addition to serving the Temple Chai community in Phoenix, Arizona, Rabbi Bonnie Koppell is a Chaplain (Colonel) in the United States Army Reserve and currently serves as Command Chaplain of the 807th Medical Command (Deployment Support) in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Rabbi Koppell was one of the first female Rabbis in the United States — and holds the distinct honor of having been the first female Rabbi in the U.S. Military.

Rabbi Koppell’s writings have been published in numerous books and journals. She is a frequent newspaper columnist and a much sought after speaker.

 

 

 

 

 

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The Twitter Torah- The Entire Torah, Chapter by Chapter, in 140 Character Tweets

Genesis   Gn 1-God creates world. Light, sky, land, plants, animals. Humans in God’s image- be fertile and increase. Six days. God says it is good.   Gn 2-God rests. Not good for man to be alone. Woman formed from his rib. Don’t eat fruit of tree of knowledge of good/evil or you will die. …

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Helena Ruth and the Change of Command

I spent last weekend in Salt Lake City where my Army unit, the 807th Medical Command, has its headquarters.  One of the things that I enjoy about the military is its respect for ritual, which parallels Jewish tradition.  Last weekend was filled with festivities in honor of the change of command, as our commanding general, …

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Strength, Courage, and Peace in the Face of Loss

Psalm 29, verse 11, has always been special to me.  “Adonai oz l’amo yiten, Adonai yivarech et amo b’shalom- Adonai will give strength to the people, Adonai will bless the people with peace.”  As a Soldier, this verse appealed to me in terms of national security strategy.  I understood that peace must be founded on …

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What Makes Life Meaningful?

    I wanted to share with you a few lines from an article in the Arizona Republic Jobs section on May 10th[1] entitled, “Without Meaning, Work is a Chore.” Angelo Kinicki writes that, “People are happier, healthier and more productive when they are doing “meaningful” work. . . We believe that something is more …

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