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Religious Change in Europe 1650–1914Essays for John McManners$
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Nigel Aston

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780198205968

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205968.001.0001

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The Office of Chief Rabbi: A Very English Institution

The Office of Chief Rabbi: A Very English Institution

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(p.299) 14 The Office of Chief Rabbi: A Very English Institution
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Religious Change in Europe 1650–1914
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Aubrey Newman

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205968.003.0015

The existence of a chief rabbinate in Britain was in consequence a particularly Anglo-Jewish institution which developed its own characteristics. One of these was the way in which in many aspects it came to model itself in many ways on the habits of the host society. The most obvious parallel was between the office of chief rabbi and a bishop of the Church of England. It has been suggested that one chief rabbi went so far as to adopt ‘clerical gaiters’, and if he did not actually wear an ecclesiastical hat with appropriate rosettes he came close to so doing. Several of the chief rabbi's insisted on being termed ‘Very Reverend the Chief Rabbi’.

Keywords:   chief rabbi, Church of England, Anglo-Jewish institution, bishop, Jewish community, religious community

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