Jonathan Sacks

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Sir Jonathan Sacks (born 1948) is the Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth.


From Optimism to Hope (2004)

  • If we are to cherish freedom, and to guard it, we must remember what the alternative is: the bread of affliction and the bitter herbs of slavery.
    • p.42
  • Marriage, sanctified by the bond of fidelity, is the nearest life gets to a work of art.
    • p.69
  • The twenty-first century is, and will remain, the Age of Insecurity.
    • p.71

The Authorised Daily Prayer Book (4th ed 2006)

  • The first of the "request" prayers in the daily Amidah is a fractal. It replicates in miniature the structure of the Amidah as a whole.
    • p.XVII
  • The meaning of the word "true" here is similar to the word Amen said after a blessing. It is an act of affirmation and ratification, reminding us that the Shema is less a prayer than a declaration of faith.
    • pp.386-7

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