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Dr. Herzog’s Refusal of British Chief Rabbinate Explained in Israel

Dr. Yaacov Herzog’s surprise decision not to accept the post of Britain’s Chief Rabbi was taken after medical tests in Switzerland confirmed a medical diagnosis in Jerusalem that he needed prolonged treatments and recuperation from surgery, it was disclosed here today.

Complications developed after an appendectomy, and doctors here advised the former Israeli envoy to Canada to avoid the strain of public life. Dr. Herzog left last week for Switzerland to convalesce. There he received similar advice, leading him to inform the Chief Rabbinate Council in London that he had decided not to accept the position. He was to have taken up those duties in November.