Lord Jonathan Sacks

We must prioritise saving marriage, says Deech

By Jessica Elgot, February 10, 2011

The Chief Rabbi has urged the coalition to make marriage a firm part of its commitment to the "Big Society."

At Thursday's Lords debate on marriage and support in British society, Lord Sacks was due to argue that married parents better equip children for the tougher economic and social conditions, which are likely to lie ahead.

He described marriage as the best way to form a strong family, a "publicly demonstrated act of commitment".

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Your bet for Chief Rabbi?

By Simon Rocker, January 13, 2011

Bookies have begun taking bets on the successor to Lord Sacks as Chief Rabbi.

According to Paddy Power, Rabbi Harvey Belovski, the Oxford and Gateshead-educated spiritual leader of Golders Green United Synagogue is 6/4 favourite.

He is followed by Rabbi Shaul Robinson (ex-Barnet now at New York's Lincoln Square Synagogue) at 13/8, and Rabbis Naftali Brawer (Borehamwood and Elstree United) and Yitzchak Shochet (Mill Hill United) at 5/1.

But you can always take a punt on Lord Sugar 250/1 or Vanessa Feltz, David Miliband and Sacha Baron Cohen (below), each of whom 500/1.

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Hall of Fame: Lord Sugar

January 12, 2011

"Don’t bet on this but if I did the first thing I would do is circumcise [Piers] Morgan."

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Lord Sugar, Borat or David Miliband for next chief rabbi?

By Jennifer Lipman, January 12, 2011

Lord Sugar has more chance of being chosen as the next chief rabbi than Borat, according to Paddy Power.

The news that Lord Sacks is to step down in 2013 has prompted the UK bookmaker to suggest some potential replacements.

Rabbi Harvey Belovski of Golders Green Synagogue has been given the best odds, with 6 to 4 that he will be picked.

But other high-profile Jewish leaders, including Mill Hill rabbi Yitzchak Schochet and six others — tipped as candidates by the JC — have also received favourable odds.

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Chief Rabbi as mythical hero

By Geoffrey Alderman, January 10, 2011

It was the celebrated historian A. J. P. Taylor who taught me a fundamental truth about my profession. Commenting more or less positively on a research seminar presentation I'd given, he remarked: "Remember, Geoffrey, that the historian's job is to destroy myth. Of course, it is far better to prevent myth in the first place."

It is in this spirit - prevention being better than cure - that I offer some thoughts triggered by the encomia that greeted the announcement that Lord Sacks is to retire as Chief Rabbi at his contractual retirement age in 2013.

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The tightrope awaiting the next Chief Rabbi

By Simon Rocker, December 31, 2010

When Jonathan Sacks was appointed Chief Rabbi in 1989, he was so firm a favourite, it would have been astonishing had he not got the job. Not only was he widely viewed as the heir-apparent to Lord Jakobovits, but he also had a powerful patron in Lord Kalms, who was chairman of Jews' College when Rabbi Sacks was its principal (though the good lord subsequently lost faith in his protégé).

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EDL-speech rabbi calls for Chief TV debate

By Jessica Elgot, December 31, 2010

The rabbi who spoke at an English Defence League rally two months ago has apparently challenged Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks to a televised BBC debate on "Is Islam a religion of peace?"

Californian Nachum Shifren was the speaker at the far-right group's October rally outside the Israeli Embassy.

He called Muslims "dogs" and criticised British community leaders and rabbis for speaking out against him, saying: "To all my Jewish brothers who have called me a Nazi… I say to them they don't have the guts to stand up here and take care of business."

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Do we need another?

By Geoffrey Paul, December 16, 2010

Do we really need another Chief Rabbi?

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Chief Rabbi: Who will throw their hat into the ring?

December 16, 2010

United Synagogue president Simon Hochhauser's announcement this week that the Chief Rabbi, Lord Sacks, would be retiring after his 65th birthday in September 2013, has set off fevered speculation across the rabbinical world as to who may succeed him.

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Chief Rabbi: full comment on campus extremism

By Lord Jonathan Sacks, December 14, 2010

Two weeks ago a highly inflammatory speaker with known anti-Zionist views was allowed to speak at the LSE. No counter voice was allowed. Jewish students present were intimidated and verbally abused.

This was not an unforeseen outcome. The UJS, which has done outstanding work in recent years, raised its concerns in advance. Assurances were given by the LSE student union. In the event they were not honoured. They proved to be empty words.

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