- Rabbi Jakobovits is the son of the late former Chief Rabbi of the
UK, Lord Emanuel Jakobovits. He lives in Jerusalem
When I gave a talk some years ago at the Van Leer Institute in Jerusalem on the "Importance of Unity and Brotherhood", a lady came up to me and said "I must give you a present - which is a story."
Thirty years earlier, when the woman was a student, she had participated in an international conference of students in Europe. She felt, as a "modern, liberal academic" she felt more identification with the European students than with members of her own, Jewish and Israeli people.
Then she came back to Israel and the Six Day War broke out. She heard a talk given by the new Chief Rabbi in England, and heard how deeply he felt about Israel. "Then I understood," she said, "that what I had said to those students in Europe, wasn't really right, and that the sense of inner identification with my own people was the stronger."