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‘Heretical’ rabbi is voted the greatest British Jew

By Ruth Gledhill

An Elderly rabbi condemned as a heretic by the leaders of Orthodox Judaism has been voted the greatest British Jew of all time. In a poll published today, Rabbi Dr Louis Jacobs, 85, beat distinguished Jewish leaders including Sir Moses Montefiore, Benjamin Disraeli and the late Rabbi Hugo Gryn.

The poll of 2,000 members of the British Jewish community was carried out by The Jewish Chronicle. Even the paper’s staff were surprised by the scale of Dr Jacobs’s victory. A formidably bright scholar and leader of the conservative Masorti movement, he is known in the community as “the chief rabbi we never had”? but is little known in the secular world beyond Anglo-Judaism.

Read the original article at: Times Online

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