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“We achieve greatness by handing our values onto the next generation and empowering them to go and build the future. ”

Explore the life and work of Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

Discover articles, videos, books, commentary, educational resources from an international faith leader, ambassador for Judaism and Jewish values, respected moral philosopher, and award-winning author.

This digital archive, which will continue to expand over time as more content is uploaded, has been developed by The Rabbi Sacks Legacy Trust following the passing of Rabbi Sacks on 7 November 2020.

Healing the Heart of Darkness

What makes us moral? And what, despite it all, makes humanity capable of being so inhumane?

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“The survivors became my heroes.”

Read Rabbi Sacks’ 2013 address at the National Holocaust Memorial Day Trust commemorative event.

Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks Article by Peter Stanford; first published in The Sunday Telegraph on 8th March 2020.

‘We Live in an Age of Armchair Morality’

Article by Peter Stanford; first published in The Sunday Telegraph on 8th March 2020

Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks - TED Talk.

Facing the Future Without Fear, Together

Watch or read Rabbi Sacks’ landmark TED Talk delivered at the 2017 TED Conference in Vancouver.

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The Power of Ideas: Words of Faith and Wisdom

‘The choice with which humankind is faced is between the idea of power and the power of ideas.’

Educational Resources

Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks on the Holocaust.

Rabbi Sacks on the Holocaust

Ahead of International Holocaust Memorial Day on the 27th January, watch a series of videos Rabbi Sacks recorded in March 2020 offering his perspective on some of the biggest questions posed by the Holocaust. Each topic offers exclusive video content, transcripts, discussion questions, and some additional historical and background information. This project was created in partnership with the Holocaust Educational Trust.

From the Archive

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The Persistence of Faith

Listen to or read transcripts of Rabbi Sacks’ 1990 Reith Lectures, broadcast on BBC Radio.

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Interview on Desert Island Discs

Listen to Rabbi Sacks’ Desert Island Discs BBC Radio interview from 1991.

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Interfaith Summit on Happiness

Watch Rabbi Sacks’ 2010 conversation with the Dalai Lama on the different religious perspectives on happiness.

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Read a selection of the tributes, statements, articles and obituaries published in the aftermath of Rabbi Sacks’ passing.

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Personal Reflections

Read a selection of personal reflections and stories about individuals’ interactions with Rabbi Sacks, or submit your own.