Statement on the passing of Nelson Mandela

5 December 2013
Nelson Mandela

Upon hearing the sad news of the death of Nelson Mandela, Rabbi Sacks issued the following comment:

“Today we mourn the loss of one of the world’s great leaders, the man who was our generation’s mentor in forgiveness and reconciliation. 

Nelson Mandela lived and breathed the politics of hope. It takes courage to hope, and even greater courage to lead a people on the long walk to freedom. Because of him, not only South Africa but the world is a better place. 

The greatest tribute we can pay him is to be inspired by his memory and lifted by his ideals. Let now be a moment for a new birth of hope in some of the many conflict zones throughout the world. 

We offer our sincere condolences to his family. May they find comfort in the knowledge that his spirit will live on. He permanently enlarged the horizon of human hope.””