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The Power of Ideas
Words of Faith and Wisdom

Publication Date: October 11, 2021

"The choice with which humankind is faced is between the idea of power and the power of ideas."

From his appointment as Chief Rabbi in 1991, through to his death in November 2020, Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks made an incalculable contribution not just to the religious life of the Jewish community but to the national conversation - and increasingly to the global community - on issues of faith, ethics and morality.

Commemorating the first anniversary of his death, this volume brings together a compelling selection of Rabbi Sacks' BBC Radio Thought for the Day broadcasts, Credo columns from The Times, and a range of articles published in the world's most respected newspapers, along with some of his House of Lords speeches and keynote lectures.

First heard and read in many different contexts, these pieces demonstrate with striking coherence the developing power of Sacks' ideas, on faith and philosophy alike. In each instance he brings to bear deep insights into the immediate situation at the time - and yet it as if we hear him speaking to us afresh, giving us new strength to face the challenges and complexities of today's world.

These words of faith and wisdom shine as a beacon of enduring light in an increasingly conflicted cultural climate, and prove the timeless nature and continued relevance of Rabbi Sacks' thought and teachings, and the power of his ideas.

"Although this volume represents a mere fragment of his contributions during his lifetime, it demonstrates, once again, Rabbi Sacks’ unique capacity for interpreting the present and predicting the future through a profound understanding of the past. Rich in learning and rooted in humility, this collection includes the lightness of touch, inclusive approach and elegant wit that Rabbi Sacks was so renowned for."
His Majesty, King Charles (from his Foreword)
"This collection of Jonathan’s prolific array of speeches, broadcasts, and lectures, illustrates both the range of his output and most telling his ability to dive into profound and delicate worldly questions, and yet bring spiritual clarity and new dimensions of understanding to them."
Sir Tony Blair