As secretary of the London Rainbow Group, of which Hugo was joint chairman, I saw him time and again defending Jewish faith while at the same time supporting and strengthening those of other faiths. Never did he waver in the affirmation of his beliefs but, as the devout Jew will, asked soul- searching questions to which he sought answers.
With Hugo, I shared in the first ever Jewish/Christian Songs of Praise and, together, we pronounced the blessing, he in Hebrew and I in English, on a joint congregation of Jews and Christians. Perhaps Dr Sacks saw Hugo's outreaching quest for inter-faith dialogue and for a harmonious blending of different beliefs as a challenge to Judaism. I see it as a realistic and positive approach to the situation as it is, in which neither Judaism nor Christianity can claim to be at harmony within itself.
Rev E Philip Schofield