A Manifesto on Jewish Education based on the thought of Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

December 6, 2020

Source: eJewish Philanthropy 


The Jewish world, and beyond, have felt an immense sense of loss this past month, faced to contemplate a world without the spiritual and moral leadership of Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks. So much has been written in these weeks, by so many, on his impact and influence. Students who were close to him and many who had never met him yet felt his influence in their lives in a profound way. World leaders whom he had a close relationship with, and those who admired him from afar.

It is not my goal to add to their voices and share my own reflections here. Instead, I wish to consider how we can begin working toward actualising the vision for the Jewish people and the wider world which he laid out for us so eloquently in his writings and speeches. My humble contribution is to begin a conversation on what a system of Jewish education based on the thought of Rabbi Sacks may look like, and I have tried to set this out in this Manifesto on Jewish Education

The time for grieving the passing of Rabbi Sacks will soon be over and we will be left with the momentous task of living up to the legacy he has left us. We must build a world in the image of his vision, and I believe that begins with education. This, of course, is a monumental task. But as Rabbi Sacks was fond of quoting, “It is not your duty to finish the work, but neither are you free to neglect it” (Avot 2:16).

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Updated: Dec. 16, 2020