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“Terror fails and will always fail because it arouses in us a profound instinct for life.”

Explore the life and work of Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

Discover articles, videos, books, commentary, and educational resources from an international faith leader, ambassador for Judaism and Jewish values, respected moral philosopher, and award-winning author.

This digital archive, which continues to expand over time as more content is unearthed and uploaded, has been developed by The Rabbi Sacks Legacy in honour of Rabbi Sacks, following his passing on 7th November 2020.



From the series of weekly commentary essays and videos on the Torah by Rabbi Sacks.


The Prince of Wales, centre, wearing a kippa (skull cap), with the Chief Rabbi Dr Jonathan Sacks, left, and the Israeli Ambassador to the UK Dror Zeigerman, right, at the United Synagogue in St Johns Wood, London tonight. The Prince attended a service to mark the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the state of Israel. PA Photo/pool/WPA.   (Photo by PA Images via Getty Images)

Speeches for Yom Ha'atzmaut

A collection of speeches Rabbi Sacks delivered on the night of Yom Ha'atzmaut, from 1998-2020.

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Faith After the Holocaust

Watch the new animated video ahead of Yom HaShoah, with accompanying educational resources to illustrate Rabbi Sacks' powerful response to the Holocaust.

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Announcing the Second Cohort of Sacks Scholars

Introducing the second cohort of Sacks Scholars, soon to embark on a year of in-depth training.

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Not in God's Name

“Abraham himself,” writes Rabbi Sacks, “sought to be a blessing to others regardless of their faith. That idea, ignored for many of the intervening centuries, remains the simplest definition of Abrahamic faith. It is not our task to conquer or convert the world or enforce uniformity of belief. It is our task to be a blessing to the world. The use of religion for political ends is not righteousness but idolatry… To invoke God to justify violence against the innocent is not an act of sanctity but of sacrilege.”

Here is an eloquent call for people of goodwill from all faiths and none to stand together, confront the religious extremism that threatens to destroy us, and declare: Not in God’s Name.


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Yom Ha'atzmaut: Family Edition

This educational resource on Israel's national day of independence offers thought-provoking ideas from Rabbi Sacks, with discussion questions and further ways to engage with and celebrate the day.

From the Archive

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A Prayer for Peace in Israel

This prayer was originally composed by Rabbi Sacks during the Second Intifada, and communities first recited it in 2000.


The Sacks Conversation 2023

A prestigious panel of faith leaders at Carnegie Hall, New York, led the third annual Sacks Conversation.

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A Tribute from the King

HM King Charles shares a tribute to Rabbi Sacks, shortly after his untimely passing.

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Read a selection of the tributes, statements, articles and obituaries published in the aftermath of Rabbi Sacks' passing.

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Personal Reflections

Read a selection of personal reflections and stories about individuals' interactions with Rabbi Sacks, or submit your own.