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May 01, 1992 - Image 106

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1992-05-01

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England's Rabbi
For All Seasons

HELEN DAVIS

Foreign. Correspondent

W

ealth and influence
are qualities that
Judaism salutes,
according to Immanuel
Jakobovits. They are, more-
over, assets he now
possesses.
Having taken delivery in
1991 of a cool $800,000 as
winner of the prestigious
Templeton Prize, the richest
annual award and the re-
ligious world's equivalent of
the Nobel Prize, he has the
ability to realize at least
some of his dreams.
So how does Immanuel
Jakobovits, retired Chief
Rabbi of Great Britain and
the Commonwealth, peer of
the realm, propose
translating his unexpected
windfall into influence?
To understand the answer
to this question it is
necessary to understand the
man, who is at once Chief
Rabbi Immanuel and Lord
Jakobovits, spiritual leader
and man of the world.
Lord Jakobovits, the first
rabbi ever to take a seat in
the British House of Lords,
has reached the uppermost
rungs of the British estab-
lishment by using his high-
profile position to apply
moral teachings to modern
problems.
His particular genius
(luck?) was to be in precisely
the right place at precisely
the right time; to be
preaching a philosophy of
up-by-your-bootstraps self-
help in Margaret Thatcher's
up-by-your-bootstraps
Britain.
To one Thatcher
biographer, Rabbi
Jakobovits was so exquisite-
ly in sync with her ideas that
he eclipsed the head of the
Church of England as her
spiritual mentor, turning
the former British prime min-
ister on to such other "Jewish
qualities" as social
awareness, communal
responsibility, charitable
generosity and family.
Conditioned by genera-
tions of liberal churchmen,
people were startled to hear
a religious leader em-
phatically declare that am-
bition, success and the ac-
quisition of wealth — pro-
vided they are pursued in a
morally acceptable way —
are perfectly legitimate,
positively desirable,
qualities.
They were intrigued,
sometimes outraged, by his

advice to slum dwellers and
immigrant ethnic minorities
to take an example from the
Jewish experience.
Just 50 years after the 15-
year-old Immanuel
Jakobovits fled his native
Germany in 1936, he had
won himself a prominent
and permanent place in the
public mind by challenging
the conventional liberal
wisdom, embodied in a
report by the Archbishop of
Canterbury, that the under-
privileged were helpless vic-
tims of society.
Hard work, education, self-
discipline, ambition and the
sanctity of family were his
alternatives to the bleak ac-
ceptance of a growing
underclass of alienated, in-
ner city slum dwellers. No
Jewish contribution, he
declared, could be more
valuable than to "help turn

"Given
determination,
patience,
perseverance and
faith in the infinite
capacity of man to
prevail over
adversity, the new
ghettoes will be
transformed as
were the old."
Lord Jakobovits

despair into hope, resigna-
tion into confidence."
"Given determination, pa-
tience, perseverance and
faith in the infinite capacity
of man to prevail over adver-
sity, the new ghettoes will be
transformed as were the
old," he said. "The growing
wealth of the nation will in-
creasingly be shared by all
through shifting the em-
phasis from rights to duties
and from having a good time
to making the times good."
Critics would have liked to
write off the mediagenic
rabbi as a right-wing fun-
damentalist, but they were
frustrated by their inability
to fit him neatly into an
ideological box. His views on
the Arab-Israel dispute, his
support for the welfare state
and the broad sweep of his
other concerns defied easy
stereotyping.
He risked alienating many
in the Jewish community
with his declaration that
there was no religious im-
pediment to giving up ter-
ritory for peace provided

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