Friday, September 24th | 18 Tishri 5782

The Top 100 People Positively Influencing Jewish Life, 2017


Jonathan Sacks

Author and theologian

Perhaps the most widely-known rabbi in Europe, Lord Jonathan Sacks has been at the forefront of Jewish life in Britain for decades.

The former chief rabbi of Britain and a noted writer, speaker, and moralist, Sacks believes in a balance between the universal and particular values of Judaism, and sees the Torah as offering a moral vision applicable to the current world, while also drawing lessons from non-Jewish thinkers and interfaith dialogue.

This world is one he sees as undergoing drastic change. “We are going through one of the most profound revolutions in all of human history,” he says, “and I sum it up with a single phrase: cultural climate change,” in which the West is losing its monopoly over the hearts and minds of people around the globe.

Sacks advocates religious engagement with the wider society in order to solve this problem, bringing a new spirituality to modern life in which, “We might just find we can keep our feet in society and our head in religion.” (Photo credit: Screenshot.)


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