Chief Rabbi Hertz: The Wars of the Lord

Chief Rabbi Hertz: The Wars of the Lord


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Chief Rabbi Joseph Herman Hertz (1872-1946), perhaps Britain's greatest Chief Rabbi, led his community through two World Wars and was instrumental in the rescue of Jewish refugees from Nazism. He published many books and edited the seminal Hertz Chumash. Rabbi Hertz was a founder of the Council of Christians and Jews. As well, he was the first Jew to be made a "Companion of Honour" and was the first Chief Rabbi to make a radio broadcast. This book recounts Rabbi Hertz's battles to maintain the Orthodox affiliation of his community and the authority of the Chief Rabbinate in Britain, against the powerful opposition of his own Honorary Officers at the United Synagogue. *** "This is an important book for understanding Rabbi Hertz and British Jewry in general. I learned a great deal about how the British experience both contrasts and mirrors the American experience. I recommend this book for all libraries..." — AJL Reviews, February/March 2015

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ISBN-13: 9780853039181
Publisher: Vallentine Mitchell
Publication date: 06/30/2014
Pages: 326
Product dimensions: 6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Foreword xi

Introduction Emeritus Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks xv

1 In the Beginning 1

2 The Witwatersrand Old Hebrew Congregation 13

3 The Battle to Live, Breathe and Grow, 1902-12 33

4 Chief Rabbi, 1912 51

5 The Beginning of the Great War 77

6 A Pause for the Balfour Declaration, 1917 95

7 The Grand Tour 111

8 Defending the Office 131

9 Home and Away, 1924-25 149

10 A Pause for Calendar Reform, 1924-31 161

11 The Unkindest Blow 169

12 Difficult Times 181

13 The Road to Disaster 201

14 An Even Worse War 223

15 The Final Years 245

Epilogue 269

Appendix: Honours, Qualifications and Offices 281

Bibliography 283

Index 287

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