By Jonathan Sacks
Essentially the most well known spiritual thinkers of our time matters a choice for international Jewry to reject the self-fulfilling photograph of “a humans on my own on this planet, surrounded via enemies” and to reclaim Judaism’s unique experience of goal: as a associate with God and with these of alternative faiths within the unending fight for freedom and social justice for all.
We are at risk, says Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, of forgetting what Judaism’s position is in the worldwide undertaking of humankind. over the last thousand years, Jews have lived via persecutions that may have spelled the top of so much international locations, yet they didn't see anti-Semitism written into the material of the universe. They knew they existed for a objective, and it was once no longer for themselves by myself. Rabbi Sacks believes that the Jewish humans have misplaced their manner, that they should recommit themselves to the duty of constructing a simply international during which the divine presence can reside between us.
Without compromising one iota of Jewish religion, Rabbi Sacks publicizes, Jews needs to stand along their friends—Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, and secular humanist—in security of freedom opposed to the enemies of freedom, in confirmation of lifestyles opposed to those that desecrate lifestyles. they usually may still do that to not win neighbors or the admiration of others yet since it is what a humans of God is meant to do.
Rabbi Sacks’s strong message of tikkun olam—using Judaism as a blueprint for repairing a less than perfect world—will resonate with humans of all faiths.
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And so, at the age of eleven, I started to train as a tinsmith. Several months earlier, my brother-in-law had brought a journeyman from Lemberg by the name of Mates. He was a native of Rohatyn, in Galicia, a good tradesman and, as it turned out, a very honest man. My brother-in-law worked mainly in the villages making new roofs for churches. Every Friday he would come home for the Sabbath and ask my sister if I had obeyed her and if I had been a good boy. And it was seldom that she said that I had been obedient.
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Future Tense: Jews, Judaism, and Israel in the Twenty-first Century by Jonathan Sacks