IN HIS OWN WORDS

The Jewish Chronicle - - OBITUARIES -

On the An­glo-Jewish com­mu­nity, from an Any Ques­tions panel evening at Finch­ley Syn­a­gogue, as re­ported in the JC on April 13, 1973: “The present es­tab­lish­ment is dif­fer­ent from the old one — but worse. In the era of the Grand Dukes in An­gloJewry, we had rich men with a great sense of com­mu­nal ser­vice and re­spon­si­bil­ity; nowa­days, we have poor men with money, and it has been dis­as­trous for the com­mu­nity.”

On the Jewish Chron­i­cle in the East End, from Tea with Ein­stein and Other Mem­o­ries: “There were al­ready two Jewish news­pa­pers pub­lished in the East End but they were both in Yid­dish. For the more ac­cul­tur­ated, the main source for Jewish news was the weekly Jewish Chron­i­cle. It could not have had a large cir­cu­la­tion in the East End but the copy dis­played in the news­pa­per sec­tion of the Whitechapel Pub­lic Li­brary was al­ways sur­rounded by a dense pack of read­ers.”

On the re­fusal to ap­point Rabbi Dr Louis Ja­cobs as prin­ci­pal of Jews’ Col­lege — the start of the “Ja­cobs af­fair” — from the JC leader on De­cem­ber 29, 1961: “Re­gard for the Chief Rab­binate and recog­ni­tion of the real ben­e­fits it be­stows have al­ways in­hib­ited even le­git­i­mate crit­i­cism of the in­cum­bent. How­ever, there are lim­its be­yond which for­bear­ance can­not go with­out de­part­ing from the nonec­cle­si­as­ti­cal char­ac­ter of tra­di­tional Ju­daism. To ar­gue that the Chief Rabbi should not be op­posed even when he is patently wrong is to turn God­cen­tred and ba­si­cally demo­cratic Ju­daism into a spir­i­tual dic­ta­tor­ship... The is­sue is be­tween those who ac­cept the dogma of fun­da­men­tal­ism and, we be­lieve, the ma­jor­ity of the com­mu­nity who see no in­com­pat­i­bil­ity be­tween free re­search and en­quiry and loy­alty to mitzvot.”

PHOTO: MICHAEL WAL­LACH

The ed­i­tor at his desk in the 1970s

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