08 November 2020 06:38

The Yeshiva University community mourns the profound loss of Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks zt”l.

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A cartoon always hung in the study of Jonathan Sacks. It showed him with two heads, one wearing his rabbinical barretta-type hat, the other the small skullcap or "kippa" that he wore when he was not conducting services. Significantly, it predated his becoming Lord Sacks of Aldgate and even predated his being installed as Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth in 1991. It was a highly prescient notion of the cartoonist, who might have had an inkling of how important his subject would become, but he could not possibly have realised the extent to which those two hats would identify his subject. Sacks was, beyond question, to the outside world the best known Chief Rabbi in the 250-year official history of Baruch Dayan Emet.

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The Yeshiva University community mourns the profound loss of Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks zt"l. Rabbi Sacks was a world-renowned scholar, teacher and leader who enlightened and inspired, influenced and empowered, world Jewry, global leaders and communities throughout the world. He magisterially demonstrated the enduring importance of God and religious values in our contemporary society. His legacy will continue through all the lives elevated by his teaching. For our community, Rabbi Sacks uniquely exemplified and articulated Yeshiva University's world view and mission to the broader Jewish people and the world at large.

Rabbi Sacks was appointed the Kressel and Ephrat Family University Professor of Jewish Thought at Yeshiva University in 2013. He received the inaugural Lamm Prize and spoke regularly to our students and community, most recently delivering the benediction at our Commencement earlier this year. We are all in mourning for his passing. May his family be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem. —Dr. Ari Berman, President

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