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Chief Rabbi Dr. Immanuel Jakobovits

Date Added: Sunday 30 May, 2010

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By a happy combination of circumstances I am privileged to be among the very few who can serve a living link between the author and the reader for whom this translation of his work is intended.From the time I enrolled as a student of Jews' College in 1937 until the untimely passing of Rabbi Dr. Isidore Epstein in 1962, he was my distinguished teacher and mentor, a relationship which soon flowered into a fond friendship and which survives to mis day by my reverence for his memory and his teachings. Again, Soviet Jews have been particularly close to my heart ever since I pledged at my installation into my present office in 1967 that my top priorities would include "alleviating the religious attrition and communal isolation of our Russian brethren - the most painful Jewish problem of our day". In pursuit of this pledge, I set up a Department for Soviet Jewry within my office to help in shaping policies and generating communal support for their cause; I greeted them in Austria on their way to Israel when the Jewish exodus from Russia was at its height; I paid the first official visit of any Western Chief Rabbi to the Soviet Union in December 1975, meeting with groups and individuals of all sections identifying as Jews, including many leading activists, some of whom have happily meanwhile reached Israel; and I continue to assist a variety of projects in Israel for the spiritual regeneration of Jews from and in the Soviet Union, including the sponsorship of this transla.. Read More »
 
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