Not in God's Name

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Despite predictions of continuing secularization, the twenty-first century has witnessed a surge of religious extremism and violence in the name of God. In this powerful and timely book, Jonathan Sacks explores the roots of violence and its relationship to religion, focusing on the historic tensions between the three Abrahamic faiths, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. This book is a rebuke to all those who kill in the name of the God of life, wage war in the name of the God of peace, hate in the name of the God of love, and practise cruelty in the name of the God of compassion.

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Quotes from Rabbi Sacks

  • “Antisemitism is never ultimately about Jews. It is about a profound human failure to accept the fact that we are diverse and must create space for diversity if we are to preserve our humanity.”

  • “To ask is to believe that somewhere there is an answer. The fact that throughout history people have devoted their lives to extending the frontiers of knowledge is a compelling testimony to the restlessness of the human spirit and its co...

  • “Change has become part of the texture of life itself, and there are few things harder to bear than constant flux and uncertainty.”

  • “I know of nothing more moving than watching children pray. When I visited synagogues I always try to spend a few moments in the children’s service, seeing the faces of young girls and boys as they say the Shema, or listen to stories ta...

  • “The message of the Hebrew Bible is that serving God and our fellow human beings are inseparably linked, and the split between the two impoverishes both.”

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Highlighted Article

The Return of Anti-Semitism (published in WSJ)

Read Rabbi Sacks' essay, published in The Wall Street Journal in January 2015, on the dangerous return of anti-semitism in Europe and around the world. Read more

Watch Rabbi Sacks in conversation with Prof Simon Schama

The Genius and the Story of the Jews

Watch Rabbi Sacks and Professor Simon Schama discuss 'The Genius and the Story of the Jews'. Recorded at 92nd St Y in New York in March 2015 as part of their Genius Festival.Read more

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