When Nextbook’s London-based reporter Hugh Levinson heard about a walking tour called Great Jewish Controversies, he thought, “That’s intriguing.” But when he heard it was being led by Britain’s best-known Jewish educator, a larger-than-life guy named Clive Lawton, he decided it was a must.

Hugh joined Lawton and a group of intrepid truth-seekers on a rainy London morning. Lawton mixes passion and humor as he explains why British Jews have split into so many denominations, each fiercely defending its own views.

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London, West“London, West” (detail), Letts’s popular atlas. (1883)