A Jewish Army officer from Arkansas City, Kansas, a Baptist preacher from Kentucky, a single prayer book and a war-ravaged Pacific island: these are not the ingredients for most traditional Rosh Hashanah services. But in 1943, they came together to create an extraordinary experience. Captain Elliott Davis described the experience in a beautifully written “Dear Rabbi” letter.
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