Jonathan Sacks

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Jonathan Henry Sacks, Baron Sacks, Kt (Hebrew: Yaakov Zvi, יעקב צבי) (born 8 March 1948) is a British rabbi, philosopher and scholar of Judaism. He served as the Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth from 1991 to 2013. As the spiritual head of the United Synagogue, the largest synagogue body in the UK, he was the Chief Rabbi of those Orthodox synagogues, but was not recognized as the religious authority for the haredi Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations or for the progressive movements such as Masorti, Reform and Liberal Judaism. As Chief Rabbi, Sacks formally carried the title of Av Beit Din (head) of the London Beth Din. Since stepping down as Chief Rabbi, in addition to his international travelling and speaking engagements and prolific writing, Sacks has served as the Ingeborg and Ira Rennert Global Distinguished Professor of Judaic Thought at New Yo... More

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Jonathan Sacks #Age #Education

Photo of Jonathan Sacks Religiosity turns out to be the best indicator of civic involvement: it's more accurate than education, age, income, gender or race.
Jonathan Sacks #Age #History #Religion #Society

Photo of Jonathan Sacks Religion is the best antidote to the individualism of the consumer age. The idea that society can do without it flies in the face of history and, now, evolutionary biology.
Jonathan Sacks #Change

Photo of Jonathan Sacks Governments cannot make marriages or turn feckless individuals into responsible citizens. That needs another kind of change agent.
Jonathan Sacks #Society

Photo of Jonathan Sacks If you want a free society, teach your children what oppression tastes like. Tell them how many miracles it takes to get from here to there. Above all, encourage them to ask questions. Teach them to think for themselves.
Jonathan Sacks #Education

Photo of Jonathan Sacks To defend a country you need an army, but to defend a civilization you need education.
Jonathan Sacks #Education #Politics

Photo of Jonathan Sacks The world we build tomorrow is born in the stories we tell our children today. Politics moves the pieces. Education changes the game.
Jonathan Sacks #Alone #Government #Society

Photo of Jonathan Sacks Britain, relative to the U.S., is a highly secular society. Philanthropy alone cannot fill the gap left by government cutbacks. And the sources of altruism go deep into our evolutionary past.
Jonathan Sacks #Faith

Photo of Jonathan Sacks The royals - all of them, especially Prince Philip and Prince Charles - have done outstanding work with the faith communities.
Jonathan Sacks #Faith

Photo of Jonathan Sacks The faith religious believers have in God is small compared to the faith people put in politicians, knowing how many times they have been disappointed in the past but still insisting that this time it will be different.
Jonathan Sacks #Society

Photo of Jonathan Sacks In virtually every Western society in the 1960s there was a moral revolution, an abandonment of its entire traditional ethic of self-restraint.
Jonathan Sacks #Freedom

Photo of Jonathan Sacks Freedom is not won by merely overthrowing a tyrannical ruler or an oppressive regime. That is usually only the prelude to a new tyranny, a new oppression.
Jonathan Sacks #Family #Society

Photo of Jonathan Sacks We do not always appreciate the role the Queen has played in one of the most significant changes in the past 60 years: the transformation of Britain into a multi-ethnic, multi-faith society. No one does interfaith better than the Royal family, and it starts with the Queen herself.
Jonathan Sacks #Business

Photo of Jonathan Sacks Some years ago there was a study to discover the most stressful occupation. It turned out not to be the head of a large business, football manager or prime minister, but rather: bus driver.
Jonathan Sacks #Family

Photo of Jonathan Sacks Make space in your life for the things that matter, for family and friends, love and generosity, fun and joy. Without this, you will burn out in mid-career and wonder where your life went.
Jonathan Sacks #Forgiveness

Photo of Jonathan Sacks God's forgiveness allows us to be honest with ourselves. We recognize our imperfections, admit our failures, and plead to God for clemency.
Jonathan Sacks #History

Photo of Jonathan Sacks Jews read the books of Moses not just as history but as divine command. The question to which they are an answer is not, 'What happened?' but rather, 'How then shall I live?' And it's only with the exodus that the life of the commands really begins.
Jonathan Sacks #Future #Government

Photo of Jonathan Sacks A perfect storm is in the making: financial uncertainty, economic downturn, government cuts, rising unemployment and a future that looks less clear the more we try to fathom it.
Jonathan Sacks #Future

Photo of Jonathan Sacks While we can remember the past, we cannot write the future. Only our children, the future of our community, can do that.
Jonathan Sacks #Technology

Photo of Jonathan Sacks Which European leader today would not relish the wonder-working powers of a Moses? Budget deficit? Unpopular cuts? How about just a little miracle, an overnight increase in gold reserves, a new oil field, or the next world-changing communications technology? Surely that's not too much to ask.
Jonathan Sacks #History

Photo of Jonathan Sacks If the history of the Day of Atonement has anything to say to us now it is: never relieve individuals of moral responsibility. The more we have, the more we grow.
Jonathan Sacks #Home

Photo of Jonathan Sacks We need to rediscover the idea of the common good and work together to build a home.
Jonathan Sacks #Hope

Photo of Jonathan Sacks There's always hope. You can lose everything else in the world, but Jews never lose hope.
Jonathan Sacks #Leadership #Teacher

Photo of Jonathan Sacks If we are to negotiate the coming years safely, we may need a new kind of leadership. To put it more precisely, we need the rediscovery of an ancient kind of leadership that has rarely been given the prominence it deserves. I mean the leader as teacher.
Jonathan Sacks #Money

Photo of Jonathan Sacks A survey carried out across the U.S. between 2004 and 2006 showed that frequent church- or synagogue-goers are more likely to give money to charity.
Jonathan Sacks #Peace

Photo of Jonathan Sacks The people of Israel are entitled, as is any other nation, to live in peace and safety.