Friday, January 22nd | 10 Shevat 5781
The Jewish world lost both an intellectual giant and one of its most beloved figures with the tragic passing of Lord Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, the former chief rabbi of the United Kingdom, in November 2020 at the age of 72. An internationally-renowned scholar, prolific author, engaging speaker, and a much-respected member of the British House of Lords, Sacks' death produced a flood of tributes from around the world as well as in his native Britain. Prime Minister Boris Johnson declared that Sacks' "leadership had a profound impact on our country and across the world" in a speech to the House of Commons. In a separate statement, Prince Charles reflected that Sacks would be "missed more than words can say… With his passing, the Jewish community, our nation, and the entire world have lost a leader whose wisdom, scholarship and humanity were without equal."
Ayelet Raymond wrote in The Algemeiner on November 17, 2020: "Rabbi Sacks wrote over 24 books. Most of the messages in these books contain universal moral principles that extend beyond Orthodox Judaism. His last book, Morality: Restoring the Common Good in Divided Times, published earlier this year, provides a roadmap to living ethically in the 21st century."
"In Morality, Sacks wrote: 'Fight injustice, whoever it is done by and whoever it is done against. And do these things because, being human, we are bound by a covenant of human solidarity, whatever our color or culture, class or creed. These are moral principles, not economic or political ones.'" (Photo: Wikimedia / Creative Commons License)