The former British chief rabbi was being honored by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, a Washington-based public interest law firm that’s been busy representing clients — such as Hobby Lobby — who say their religious freedoms are being trampled by the government.
Four leading rabbis will be honored for their work in applying halachah, or Jewish law, to modern life.
The newly retired British chief rabbi Lord Jonathan Saks will teach as a professor at two American universities.
Britain’s new chief rabbi, Ephraim Mirvis, who has vowed to remain traditional by barring women rabbis and same-sex marriage, was sworn in on Sunday to face the challenge of uniting the nation’s polarised Jewish community.
Outgoing British Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks has had great success showing a dignified face of Judaism. Can Israel’s chief rabbinate say the same thing?
On Friday morning, people listening to BBC Radio 4’s popular Today program heard a familiar voice addressing them on “The Thought for the Day” slot. It was Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks making his final appearance.
The outgoing chief rabbi of Great Britain, Lord Jonathan Sacks, criticized the British government in an interview with The Times on Monday, saying that Prime Minister David Cameron and his ministers have not done enough to encourage the institution of marriage, and also saying that multiculturalism has “had its day.”
Jonathan Sacks, the outgoing British chief rabbi, is offering a stark warning to the Jewish world. It faces a twin threat from assimilation on the one hand and ultra-Orthodoxy on the other.
Britain’s Prince Charles warned Monday that his monarchy was suffering from an “apparent rise in anti-Semitism,” British media reported.
British Jews have just selected a new chief rabbi. Keith Kahn-Harris argues that the post is no longer needed — and explains why it doesn’t exist on this side of the pond.