A 2020 Lecture by Rabbi Lord Sacks

Rabbi Sacks inspired attendees to lift their gaze and recognise the opportunities available to each of us to create a more inclusive society in which everyone can thrive.

A commentary for the Forum programme

Published 8 Mar 2021

Today (8th March 2021) would have been the late Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks’ 73rd birthday. Once again, we mourn the loss of this extraordinary statesman.

Rabbi Sacks was able to hold in balance the institutional, economic, and social dimensions of life, and provided valuable insight into all three. He was not afraid to speak truth to power or to grapple with complex and often uncomfortable subjects, but always with a vision of a more unified society. And he understood the importance of ideas to drive society forward and achieve real transformation.

We were enormously privileged to host Rabbi Sacks at a Forum Network event almost exactly a year ago – just three days before his 72nd birthday – in one of his last public appearances. He was promoting his final book Morality: Restoring the Common Good in Divided Times (available to purchase here).

As always, he inspired attendees to lift their gaze and recognise the opportunities available to each of us to create a more inclusive society in which everyone can thrive. He is sorely missed.

You can watch a recording of Rabbi Sacks’ lecture by clicking here.