On a visit to London, Rabbi Dr Elliot Cosgrove of the Park Avenue Synagogue in New York took the opportunity to interview Rabbi Jacobs. They first discuss the influences on Rabbi Jacobs’s thought, particularly the differences between his yeshiva and university experiences and his teachers. Rabbi Cosgrove then asks Rabbi Jacobs how he would characterise his intellectual legacy, and how he may have changed over the years.
Rabbi Cosgrove then asks Rabbi Jacobs how to reconcile a sense of being commanded with an intellectual approach to Judaism. Rabbi Jacobs responds that one cannot master the Talmud unless one believes in it. Yet not everything in the tradition is valuable.
Other questions include whether he has seen a change in theological issues during his career, inter-faith dialogue, the challenges of Jewish life today, surprisingly liberal views in the charedi world and the points in his career of which Rabbi Jacobs is most proud.
The video ends with a short discussion between Rabbi Jacobs and Rabbi Cosgrove on the architecture of the New London Synagogue which was originally built with the bimah in the middle.