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“This year, let us first thank God for all the good in Jewish life, then let us ask Him for the strength to change the rest.”

Explore the life and work of Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

Discover articles, videos, books, commentary, and 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 7th November 2020.

Torah as Song

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Read this week’s featured piece, chosen from the Ethics series of Rabbi Sacks’ commentary essays on the Torah.


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Remember Us for Life

In September 2000 Rabbi Sacks wrote this Rosh Hashanah message for all who were about to celebrate the Jewish New Year.

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Time (a new animation)

How does Judaism teach us to value time? Watch the newly animated video, with audio recorded by Rabbi Sacks in 2010.

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Communities in Conversation

For the second year running, we are commemorating Rabbi Sacks’ yahrzeit with a global day of learning, including new resource sheets.

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The Koren Sacks Yom Kippur Mahzor

Rabbi Sacks’ beautiful translations in this machzor brings readers closer than ever before to the authentic meaning of the Hebrew text, while his introduction and commentary provide new ways of understanding and experiencing the Yom Kippur service. Discover the inner meaning of the Yom Kippur prayers with this thoughtful publication which aligns the Hebrew and English texts, highlights key words, helps distinguishes poetry from prose, and offers new insights along the way.

Educational Resources

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Rosh Hashanah

For a deeper dive into the upcoming festival of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, please use our Family Edition, the first in the Ceremony & Celebration series, designed for the chaggim, with ideas from Rabbi Sacks as well as stories, discussion questions, analysis of a key prayer, and a quiz for our younger scholars.

From the Archive

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10 Thoughts for the 10 Days

These ten inspirational ideas from Rabbi Sacks offer new perspectives as we consider the year to come during this period from Rosh Hashanah to Yom Kippur.

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Thoughts for Ellul

Listen to (or read the transcripts of) six short thoughts on Ellul, for his insights on teshuvah, judgment, self-change, faith, love, hope, spirituality, apologies, and forgiveness.

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Ten Days, Ten Ways

Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and the days between are the time when we come closest to God – these ten paths carved out by Rabbi Sacks can help lead us through those days to a more fulfilled and spiritual life.

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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.