Lord Jonathan Sacks

Chanucah with the chief rabbi

By Jennifer Lipman, December 19, 2011

Lord Sacks offers the first of eight thoughts for eight nights.

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Without right, nothing is left

By James Inverne, December 16, 2011

They say that opposites attract, in physics as in our emotional life. So when I, who had always been a gentleman of the arts (no, that isn't any kind of euphemism), married a lady of the sciences (my wife is a hospital pharmacist) it seemed to be the perfect match. Which is to say, as some people did, we had little in common and so would have plenty to learn from each other.

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Plea for incoming Chief Rabbi to be British

By Jessica Elgot, December 15, 2011

Community representatives are keen to see a British rabbi take over from Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks when he resigns from the office in 2013.

The new chief rabbi will be a "spiritual leader", a "religious spokesman for Orthodox Judaism and on all matters affecting the Jewish community" and be an "advocate for Israel", according to the role's new job description.

It describes a new chief rabbi as

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Lord Sacks highlights persecution of Christians in Middle East

By Jennifer Lipman, December 15, 2011

The Chief Rabbi has called on Britain's Jewish community to support Christians in the Middle East who are living "in fear" of persecution.

Speaking during a Lords debate last Friday on the situation of minorities in the wake of the Arab Spring, Lord Sacks said that the "fate of Christians in the Middle East today is the litmus test of the Arab Spring".

Lord Sacks, who apologised for having t

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Could Israel's Metzger succeed Sacks?

By Anshel Pfeffer and Marcus Dysch, December 15, 2011

Israel's Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger has declared his interest in becoming Britain's new chief rabbi when Lord Sacks steps down in 2013.

Rabbi Metzger's aides and his spokesman Avi Blumenfeld said he had been approached by a prominent member of the UK's Orthodox community regarding his possible candidacy.

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Chief tells Pope: we must revive soul of Europe

By Marcus Dysch, December 15, 2011

Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks and Pope Benedict XVI discussed their mutual fears for Europe's future during an audience at the Vatican.

The meeting came as the Chief Rabbi made a two-day visit to Rome and the Holy See.

The religious leaders discussed the role of faith and morality and their hopes for a regeneration of Europe, both economically and socially.

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It was a meeting of minds

By Edward Kessler, December 15, 2011

The visit of the Chief Rabbi to the Vatican, organised by the Woolf Institute in Cambridge and the Vatican's Cardinal Bea Centre, provided an opportunity to regain momentum in Jewish-Catholic relations at the highest level. These had been bogged down due to some well-publicised disagreements in recent years.

Lord Sacks said that the visit coincided with the turmoil sweeping through Europe.

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Chief Rabbi and Pope discuss fears for Europe

By Marcus Dysch, December 13, 2011

Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks and Pope Benedict XVI discussed their mutual fears for Europe's future during an audience at the Vatican.

The meeting came as the Chief Rabbi made a two-day visit to Rome and the Holy See.

The religious leaders discussed the role of faith and morality and their hopes for a regeneration of Europe, both economically and socially.

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We need you more than ever

December 8, 2011

Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks made a plea to the community not to forget the Leeds Jewish Welfare Board during the economic downturn, writes John Fisher.

Addressing more than 300 people at LJWB's annual general meeting at the Marjorie and Arnold Ziff centre Lord Sacks said : "It's much harder when times are not good and that is when tzedakah is really needed."

From the MAZ centre Lord Sacks went t

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Tis not our season to be jolly

By Geoffrey Alderman, December 8, 2011

An Open Letter to Lord Sacks of Aldgate
Dear Jonathan

I feel compelled to write to you, both as a Jew and as a Jewish husband and father, to express to you the deep unease that I felt on reading press reports of your homily delivered at the Scottish Parliament at the end of last month.

I refer in particular to certain declarations that you reportedly made during the course of your re

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