On May 15th, Rabbi Sacks received the highest honour awarded by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, America’s premier religious liberty law firm, at the 19th anniversary Canterbury Medal Dinner at the Pierre in New York City, NY. Each year, Becket’s Canterbury Medal is given to an individual who has “most resolutely refused to render to Caesar that which is God’s.” Watch a recording of Rabbi Sacks’ acceptance speech where he offered a passionate defence of religious liberty, explaining why it was not just important to American society, but to the world.
In ‘A Judaism Engaged with the World’, Rabbi Sacks recounts his personal journey of discovery and faith. Through a compelling analysis of recent Jewish history, he warns that a Judaism divorced from society will be a Judaism unable to influence society or inspire young Jews. Calling Judaism “the voice of hope in the conversation of humankind”, Rabbi Sacks argues that in the twenty-first century, Jews will need the world, and the world will need the Jews. What we need, he argues, is a Judaism unafraid to engage with the intellectual, ethical, political and personal challenges of our time that inspires a new generation of Jewish leaders to address the challenges that face Jews, Judaism and Israel today. Download ‘A Judaism Engaged with the World’ here.