Lord Jonathan Sacks

The false dignity of departure

By Geoffrey Alderman, June 4, 2013

Last week, London's Barbican Centre staged the glitzy spectacle of the Chief Rabbi, Jonathan Sacks, being interviewed by David Frost. According to one report, "successive speakers waxed lyrical" about Sacks's influence on them, the Jewish community, and British society at large.

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Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks talks to David Frost in leaving tribute

By Simon Rocker, May 23, 2013

When veteran broadcaster Sir David Frost uttered his trademark introduction, “Hello, good evening and welcome”, shortly after a set of Hebrew songs by the Shabbaton Choir, the auditorium erupted in applause. Facing the interviewer of prime ministers and presidents this time was a different kind of leader, the Chief Rabbi, Lord Sacks.

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No more talk of Gryn Affair, says Hugo's wife

By Simon Rocker, May 9, 2013

Jackie Gryn, the widow of the late Reform leader Rabbi Hugo Gryn, has insisted she has always enjoyed a warm relationship with Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks and appealed for no more talk of a “Hugo Gryn Affair”.

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The Chief Rabbi’s critical ideas

By Rabbi Michael Harris, Daniel Rynhold and Tamra Wright, May 9, 2013

The special contribution made by the thought of Chief Rabbi Sacks is that it not only continues the venerable Jewish philosophical tradition of maintaining traditional faith in the face of external intellectual challenges, but also moves beyond this tradition by showing how core Jewish teachings can address the dilemmas of the secular world itself.

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Sacks must heed Hillel’s advice

By Shmuley Boteach, May 2, 2013

I have always believed that sins of omission are much more serious than sins of commission - that the good things we fail to do are of greater consequence than the sins we commit

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This teenage squabbling will drive young members away

By Jennifer Lipman, April 26, 2013

As anyone who has ever been or met one will know, a teenage girl in the midst of a catfight can give Abbas and Bibi a run for their money in the stubbornness stakes.

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David Cameron thanks Lord Sacks for Middle East peace efforts

By Marcus Dysch, April 22, 2013

Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks met Prime Minister David Cameron to discuss faith schools, the Middle East peace process and other issues of concern to the Jewish community.

Mr Cameron thanked Lord Sacks for his work in serving communities across Britain during the Downing Street meeting. The Chief Rabbi retires from his role on September 1.

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Reform rabbi to attend Thatcher funeral

By Jennifer Lipman, April 12, 2013

A leading British Reform rabbi is to attend the funeral of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

Rabbi Mark Goldsmith, chairman of the assembly of Reform rabbis UK, will represent the movement for Reform Judaism at the ceremony at St Paul's Cathedral on Wednesday.

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Chief Rabbi defends Rupert Murdoch during Israel tour

By Jenni Frazer, February 14, 2013

Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks made an unexpectedly robust defence of media tycoon Rupert Murdoch this week, declaring that Israel did not have “a better or more significant friend in the world” than Mr Murdoch.

Lord Sacks spoke during his last official visit to Israel as chief rabbi, in a mission to the northern projects of the UJIA.

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Chief Rabbi weighs into Sunday Times Scarfe cartoon row

By Jennifer Lipman, January 29, 2013

The chief rabbi has warned of the dangers of "inflammatory" images such as Gerald Scarfe's Sunday Times cartoon about Benjamin Netanyahu.

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