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Lord Jakobovits, Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth from 1967 to 1991, was a spiritual leader of steadfast principles and unwavering ethics for more than 50 years.

His book, Jewish Medical Ethics, helped to establish that field. His prominent public voice extended his moral authority far beyond the Jewish community. He was known for his moderation and compassion on Arab/Israeli issues, his enlightened approach to interfaith relations, and his originality in interpreting traditional values of Judaism.