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Preaching Tolerance

A new book looks at Benzion Uziel, Israel's first Sephardic chief rabbi.

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/arts/article/preaching_tolerance_20011102

Can religious leaders be devout but not fanatic? Can fervent belief and tolerance coexist? Such questions are hardly academic these days: the results of religious fanaticism now consume headlines, and lives. One set of reassuring answers can be found in the life of Rabbi Benzion Uziel. Uziel served as the Sephardic chief rabbi of Palestine and then the State of Israel from 1939 until his death in 1953. In "Loving Truth and Peace: The Grand Religious Worldview of Rabbi Benzion Uziel" (Jason Aronson, Inc., $30) author and rabbi Marc Angel tells the story of this remarkable man.

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