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Rare Canadian Jewish Military Wedding Takes Place in Mexico

July 18, 2011 1:45 PM
The Canadian Armed Forces celebrated its first traditional Jewish military wedding in recent memory with the nuptials of Maj. Alain Cohen and Alexi Haligua-Cohen at a resort on Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula. Capt. Lazer Danzinger, a rabbi and Chabad-Lubavitch community member who serves as Canada’s only full-time military Jewish chaplain, officiated at the wedding in the Cohens’ favorite vacation spot of Merida. He had been pressed into service, so to speak, when the major found out that the armed forces did indeed have a rabbi on staff.
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Canadian Capt. Rabbi Lazer Danzinger officiates at the wedding of Maj. Alain Cohen and Alexi Haligua-Cohen in full military dress uniform. “Although I feel it is a privilege to care for all soldiers, regardless of their religious background,” said a thrilled Danzinger, “it was the spiritual welfare of Jewish soldiers such as Alain that motivated me to join the Canadian Forces in the first place.”
Canadian Capt. Rabbi Lazer Danzinger officiates at the wedding of Maj. Alain Cohen and Alexi Haligua-Cohen in full military dress uniform. “Although I feel it is a privilege to care for all soldiers, regardless of their religious background,” said a thrilled Danzinger, “it was the spiritual welfare of Jewish soldiers such as Alain that motivated me to join the Canadian Forces in the first place.”

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