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Law #704 from the Levanda Index

Czar: Nicholas I
Year: 1853

Editor's Note: In the 1827 decree (Levanda #154, §58), Rabbis were personally exempted from being conscripted, so it would appear there would have been few, if any, serving in the military. Here the Czar appears to not want any appointed Rabbis within the military ranks.

704. -- October 20. Exact, declared by the Department of Military Settlements of the Ministry of Defense. --

On the absence of permanent rabbis within military forces.

The Emperor, taking under consideration, Statute 388 Book 1 Section 3 of the Military Codes, on the basis of which, for Jews serving in the military in those places where there are no synagogues nor rabbis, intended to allow for conducting prayers in these places under the supervision of comrades elected by them, and for which there was no necessity to have permanent rabbis within the troops, -- was pleased to imperially order: statute 389 of the aforesaid book, which let military chiefs solicit Jews serving in the military to be appointed rabbis, is repealed. (V.P.S.Z. Vol. XXVIII, No. 27,629).

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