Remembering Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks
The Jewish community lost one of our contemporary greats recently. Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, the former chief rabbi of Great Britain (a post he held for 22 year) and a member of the House of Lords, passed away on November 7 from cancer. Rabbi Sacks had a wonderful talent for taking the arcane lessons of our tradition and making them relevant and relatable for today. He never overly simplified texts, but could explain them in a way that engaged contemporary audiences. He was one of my go-to resources for adult education and sermons.
This Sunday, I will be dedicating our adult education session to looking at Rabbi Sack’s life, legacy and teachings. He was certainly not a Humanist Jew, but he was very concerned with humanity. Here though are just a few quotes to give you a sense of Rabbi Sacks, his intellect and his humor.
On leadership and the Jewish community:
“There are many great Jewish leaders. There are very few great Jewish followers. So leading the Jewish people turns out to be very difficult.”
“To be a Jewish child is to learn how to question.”
“Shabbat is the day we stand still and let all our blessings catch up with us. ”
Rabbi Sacks taught, “For Jews, education is not just what we know, it is who we are.” Come to adult education this Sunday at 11:15 am to learn about Rabbi Sacks, yourself and the other members of our community!