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Dr Chaim Pearl (1919-1995) was born in Liverpool, England. He received two undergraduate degrees, one from the University of Birmingham in 1947 and another from the University of London in 1949. He earned a masters degree in Old Testament Studies at the University of Birmingham, and a doctorate in medieval Jewish philosophy at the University of London in 1956. Rabbi Pearl was ordained by the Liverpool Yeshiva in 1941. In 1981, The Jewish Theological Seminary granted him an honorary doctorate. In 1964, Rabbi Pearl relocated to New York. He became the rabbi of the Conservative Synagogue of Riverdale, Bronx, New York. In 1966 he joined the Rabbinical Assembly. Rabbi Pearl moved to Jerusalem in 1980 after his retirement. While in Jerusalem Rabbi Pearl was an active member of the Ramot Zion Congregation. Also a prolific writer, Rabbi Pearl published numerous articles in the Anglo-Jewish press. He also authored a number of books, including a translation of Sefer Ha-Aggadah, A Guide to Jewish Knowledge, and The Medieval Jewish Mind: Studies in the Religious Philosophy of Isaac Arama, as well as two volumes on Rashi. In addition, he edited the sermons of Rabbi Abraham Cohen, who was his predecessor in Birmingham; produced a number of pamphlets; and served as associate editor of The Jewish Bible Quarterly.