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Tuesday, 20 August 2013

The outgoing Chief Rabbi

Distracted by news on Radio 4 of some pronouncement by Lord Sacks, described as the 'outgoing' Chief Rabbi. What does that say about the BBC's editorial policy that they should choose to stress the attribute of extroversion in a chief rabbi. Sure, you'd think it would be a sine qua non for a post like that. Granted, some level of introspection would come in handy too, when wrestling with doctrinal interpretations and the like, but you couldn't have some mumbling introvert in the job. Think of a circumcision blessing; you need someone with presence, with the charisma to give the boys something to remember the day by.

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