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Jonathan Sacks

Jonathan Sacks is a global religious leader and philosopher, sits in the House of Lords, and is the author of 25 books and the recipient of many international prizes. He is currently Professor of Judaic Thought at New York University and Professor of Jewish Thought at Yeshiva University. He is also Professor of Law, Ethics and the Bible at King’s College London. He served as Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth between September 1991 and September 2013.

Genes and Genesis
Psychologist Steven Pinker has been described as one of the 100 most influential people in the world today. In a series of bestselling books, he has applied evolutionary theory to the study of the mind, seeing the brain as a computer and human nature as instinctive, shaped and determined by natural selection. Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks is a leading exponent of Judaism, both as a scholar and a theologian. He has written extensively about Judaism’s emphasis on moral responsibility and ...
The Power of Prayer
George Webber Memorial Evening Is Jewish prayer an eternal constant or does its role evolve in a contemporary world? In a recent interview, Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks explained that “prayer was a conversation with the voice within that is also the voice beyond. In prayer books, three times a day, we remind ourselves that God lifts the fallen, heals the sick and asks us to do what He does and be His partner.” The publication of the new Siddur ...
Collette Hassan Evening: Defining a Moral Compass for the 21st Century?
Jonathan Sacks and Susan Neiman outlined their visions for addressing the ethical challenges, both religious and secular, confronting us in the 21st century. In Moral Clarity : A Guide for Grown-up Idealists, Susan Neiman reclaims the secular moral values of the enlightenment as the mature route to social justice, free from the ideologies and orthodoxies that attract so many. In his latest book, Future Tense, Jonathan Sacks claims that religion and morality are inextricable – ...
Religion and Science
The Great Partnership: God, Science and the Search for Meaning by Jonathan Sacks was the starting point for a conversation between the Chief Rabbi and mathematician Marcus du Sautoy, chaired by Daniel Glaser. They explored the sometimes fraught relationship between religion and science in different cultures but more specifically discussed belief and scepticism, open-mindedness and intolerance to the challenge of the other or the unknown. The Chief Rabbi and the atheist mathematician found the...
Not in God’s Name: Confronting Religious Violence
In his powerful and timely new book, Not in God’s Name, Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks tackles the phenomenon of religious extremism. If religion is perceived to be part of the problem, he argues, it must also form part of the solution. To understand this, you first have to recognize the concept of ‘altruistic evil’, of violence committed in the name of God, and only by understanding our collective past will we be able to build a better future. Chaired by ...