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Faith Against Reason: Religious reform and the British Chief Rabbinate, 1840-1990 Paperback – 5 Sep 2008

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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Vallentine Mitchell & Co Ltd (5 Sept. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0853036705
  • ISBN-13: 978-0853036708
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 3.8 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,956,507 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Faith Against Reason is superb, a complicated story extremely well told. Meir Persoff is an experienced journalist, and this is demonstrated throughout the book to its overall advantage. Drawing together a vast mass of unexplored material, it is a major contribution to the history of our community a great attraction to the interested reader, a gem for the Anglo-Jewish history buff, and an indispensable tool for the serious historian of British Jewry. --Elkan Levy, former president of the United Synagogue

Meir Persoff s is the first comprehensive account of the battles that Britain s Chief Rabbis fought against those, both within and without the United Synagogue, whose approach to Judaism was more flexible than their own. This religious strife remains a hallmark of the Anglo-Jewish community, and Persoff s book is a treasure trove of primary sources illuminating how British Jewry arrived at this point. It sheds light on episodes both well-known and obscure, elucidating what was at stake in each. It strives for objectivity, forswearing both hagiography and polemic, wisely leaving the reader to reach his or her own judgment. --Todd M. Endelman, William Haber Professor of Modern Jewish History at the University of Michigan

About the Author

Meir Persoff spent forty years as a writer and editor on the London Jewish Chronicle. He has written extensively on Jewish topics, notably Jewish art and Judaica, and has served on the Jewish Book Council, the Jewish Marriage Council publications committee, and the London Board of Jewish Religious Education. He is the author of Immanuel Jakobovits: A Prophet in Israel (Vallentine Mitchell 2002).


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