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Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks: The Central Moral and Spiritual Challenge of Our Time

Influential author, philosopher, theologian, Jonathan Sacks died November 7, 2020, at age 72.

Baron Sacks, a member of the British House of Lords, served as the Chief Rabbi of the United Kingdom (United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth) from 1991-2013. He held degrees from the University of Cambridge and The University of London (King's College).

His books include The Politics of Hope (2000) and Morality: Restoring the Common Good in Divided Times (2020).

In 2016, the John Templeton Foundation awarded Rabbi Sacks the prestigious Templeton Prize for his "decades [of] bringing spiritual insight to the public conversation through mass media, popular lectures, and more than two dozen books."

Rabbi Sacks presented this address on May 26th, 2016, on the occasion of receiving the Templeton Prize.

The audio has been abridged slightly for this podcast. The full text of his remarks (as prepared for delivery) is at

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