Who needs a chief rabbi?
The office is that of an anachronistic figurehead - in Britain, which just elected a new one, and in Israel, which will be electing two new ones.
There was something very English, indeed very Anglo-Jewish about the way the United Synagogue, the umbrella organization of most Orthodox congregations in Britain, went about selecting its new chief rabbi. The process was very well-ordered and respectable, without undue scandal or overt rivalries and boisterous campaigns. Throughout the course of the last year, tantalizing names of star candidates from around...
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