Who Am I? Who Are We?

Rabbi Sacks explores the endurance of Jewish identity in this extract from his book, A Letter in the Scroll

October 19, 2023
Trees cast their shadows on the Jerusalem stone of the city

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Many of Rabbi Sacks’ readers and listeners remember him describing his experiences before, during, and after the Six Day War, encountering a generation of young Jews with a newfound sense of connection to the Jewish people and Israel.

For too long, Jews have defined themselves in light of the bad things that have happened to them. The historical struggles and ongoing conflicts are undeniable, from the founding of the State of Israel to the war it is currently enduring. But the Jewish people have survived catastrophe after catastrophe and have not only survived, but thrived, and Israel has evolved into a resilient and dynamic society.

In this chapter, from “A Letter in the Scroll,” Rabbi Sacks explores that moment in Jewish history, the endurance of Jewish identity, and its impact on the world. May Rabbi Sacks’ words in this chapter serve as a source of strength, and may God protect the people of Israel in these difficult times.

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