Radical Then, Radical Now: On Being Jewish
Exploring the Legacy of the World's Oldest Religion
Publication date: 29 January 2001
Radical Then, Radical Now is a powerful testimony to the amazing resilience of the Jewish people who have, through their endurance of four thousand years of persecution and exile, earned a unique place in history. Without land or power, they created an identity for themselves through their shared dreams of freedom, justice, dignity and human rights.
Yet far more than Jewish history is contained within the pages of this book. Jonathan Sacks reminds us all of the legacy of those dreams and of our responsibility to our fellow man. He challenges us to build a better world.
Published as A Letter in the Scroll in the United States in 2000.
Of the many books that introduce the reader to Judaism, 'Radical Then, Radical Now' is by far the best. Rabbi Sacks takes us on a fascinating cultural and religious journey which is as engaging as it is informative. All in all, this is a splendid volume by an eminent author - a felicitous combination that will attract the already-informed as well as the merely curious. Buy it and give it as a gift – but first make sure to read it from cover to cover.
Of all the questions of life, the two most penetrating are: 'Who am I? Who are we?' Rabbi Sacks answers beautifully. On matters of faith he is one of my favourite writers.