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  • Booklet

Why I Am A Jew

Publication date: 1 December 2023

The Rabbi Sacks Legacy, in partnership with Koren Jerusalem, created this booklet and ordered a 50,000 copy print-run especially for IDF soldiers. The text consists of a chapter from Rabbi Sacks’ book, A Letter in the Scroll, which was originally written in 2001 (and was published as Radical Then, Radical Now in the UK).

In this powerful piece of writing, Rabbi Sacks reflects on the indomitable spirit of the Jewish people: “Jewry survived while every empire that sought its destruction has ceased to be. The State of Israel has achieved things for which there is no comparison in any of the hundred or more new states that have come into being in the United Nations since the end of the Second World War. To be part of that history is a rare and precious heritage, and one of which I am proud.”

The project was created in memory of Sgt. Maj. (res.) Yossi Hershkovitz who fell in battle in Gaza. Yossi was the beloved principal of the ORT Pelech Boys School in Jerusalem. In a video message sent to his students from the frontlines, he quoted Rabbi Sacks with a message of faith during times of crisis and our power to bring light to the world.

The booklet can downloaded for free in English and Hebrew, and if you would like to arrange for the distribution of these booklets to units of IDF soldiers who you are connected with, please email [email protected].


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  • Booklet

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“During this critical period, every word takes on meaning, and this book empowers and strengthens us. Rabbi Sacks’ messages connect our past, present, and future as Jews, underlining the significance of succeeding in our mission. For a moment, it feels like Rabbi Sacks is here with us, giving us support and blessings for the journey ahead.”
Sergeant Tal A., a reserve soldier in the 810th brigade stationed on the northern border
"That the late British chief rabbi’s words have such appeal to young men and women on the frontlines is testimony to the power of his words for the Jewish people, whose fate now lies in these brave soldiers’ hands."
Mosaic
"Wishing all who read the wise, inspiring, and strengthening words safety, health and wellbeing, to you and to your families."
Anna G.