Restoring the Common Good in Divided Times

A keynote address at the Legatum Institute

On 5th March 2020, Rabbi Sacks joined a Legatum Institute: Forum Network event for one of his final public appearances as he promoted his book Morality: Restoring the Common Good in Divided Times.

The book tour for Morality was unfortunately cut short due the the first lockdown of March 2020, but Rabbi Sacks did continue to write, record podcasts, engage in live-streamed interviews, and speak directly to his audience online up until September 2020.

Reflecting on this event 1 year later, the Legatum Institute wrote the following:

Today would have been the late Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks’ 73rd birthday. Once again, we mourn the loss of this extraordinary statesman.

Rabbi Sacks was able to hold in balance the institutional, economic, and social dimensions of life, and provided valuable insight into all three. He was not afraid to speak truth to power or to grapple with complex and often uncomfortable subjects, but always with a vision of a more unified society. And he understood the importance of ideas to drive society forward and achieve real transformation.

We were enormously privileged to host Rabbi Sacks at a Forum Network event almost exactly a year ago – just three days before his 72nd birthday – in one of his last public appearances. He was promoting his final book Morality: Restoring the Common Good in Divided Times.

As always, he inspired attendees to lift their gaze and recognise the opportunities available to each of us to create a more inclusive society in which everyone can thrive. He is sorely missed.

The Legatum Institute, 8th March 2021