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Avichai Rontzki
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Born (1951-10-10)October 10, 1951
Haifa, Israel
Died April 1, 2018(2018-04-01) (aged 66)
Allegiance Israel
Service/branch Israel Defense Forces
Years of service 1969 – 2010
Rank Brigadier General
Unit Military Rabbinate
Commands held Commander of the Military Rabbinate
Other work Rosh Yeshiva of Itamar

Avichai Rontzki (Hebrew: אביחי רונצקי, October 10, 1951 – April 1, 2018) was the Chief Military Rabbi of the Israel Defense Forces. He served in the position from 2006 to 2010, with a rank of Brigadier General.

His predecessor in that position was Rabbi Israel Weiss. Rontzki was also the rosh yeshiva of the Hesder Yeshiva in the West Bank settlement Itamar.

His four years in office have led to several controversies. Some of his statements upset not only secular Israelis, but led many organizations outside of Israel to accuse him of inciting terrorism.

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