Yale awards posthumous honorary degree

May 21, 2021

In May 2021, Yale University posthumously honoured Rabbi Sacks with a Doctor of Divinity. In awarding the 2021 honorary degrees, President Peter Salovey read the following personalized citation. 

Championing dialogue over division, Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks called us to work together to fulfill our responsibilities and heal the world. A respected scholar, an esteemed teacher of Torah, and a light unto the nations, he dedicated his life to serving others, showing us what it means to put “we” before “I.” In recognition of his wise and steadfast moral leadership, Yale is honored to confer this Doctor of Divinity degree posthumously on Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, zecher tzadik livracha.

Read by President Peter Salovey in honour of Rabbi Sacks

You can watch a recording of the full ceremony above.