Personal Reflections on Rabbi Sacks
Since Rabbi Sacks’ passing, we have invited personal reflections on the impact he made on people and the world. To date, we have received stories and memories from all over the world, from students, colleagues, friends, and strangers, all reflecting on how their lives were impacted by Rabbi Sacks. We offer a selection of these for you here, with only the first names and the location of the authors included. We encourage you to add your own story via the purple ‘Submit’ button.
I teach high school English at a Jewish day school in America. When Rabbi Sacks spent the day at our school, the administration hosted a special luncheon with some of the teachers and Rabbi Sacks.
During the luncheon, the teachers were given the opportunity to ask the Chief Rabbi their questions. One teacher asked Rabbi Sacks, “What would you say to a student who tells you that he does not believe in God because one of his parents had died?” Rabbi Sacks looked down at his shoes and paused for what felt like a long time. Then he looked up and said simply, “I would give him a hug.”
Rabbi Sacks was an intellectual force. That we all know. But he also cared about people. He loved people. And he understood that his role was to imbue the life of each person that he met with more kindness. That is now our job.David, Baltimore (US)