'The Power of Ideas' published

Published 4 October 2022
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Today sees the American book launch of The Power of Ideas: Words of Faith and Wisdom, a carefully selected collection of speeches, articles, and broadcasts by Rabbi Sacks. The foreword to this book was written by His Majesty, King Charles III.

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair noted that “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.”

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.

The Power of Ideas brings together, for the first time, 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, this collection of pieces demonstrates 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 is 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.

In his foreword to the book, HM King Charles writes:

“As an avid reader and follower of his work, I am therefore delighted to see the publication of these broadcasts, articles, speeches, and lectures by Rabbi Sacks. 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… My sincere wish is that through his writings and the work of The Rabbi Sacks Legacy Trust, Rabbi Sacks’ voice of wisdom and hope will continue to illuminate, inform, and inspire our world for generations to come.”