Inspiring Quotes by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

A small selection of meaningful quotes from Rabbi Sacks, of blessed memory.

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“For Judaism, the criterion of the good society is not wealth, power or prowess but the simple question: does it respect the individual as the image of God?”
Radical Then, Radical Now (2004)

“Non-Jews respect Jews who respect Judaism, and they are embarrassed by Jews who are embarrassed by Judaism.”
Radical Then, Radical Now (2004)

“There is no life without a task; no person without a talent; no place without a fragment of God’s light waiting to be discovered and redeemed; no situation without its possibility of sanctification; no moment without its call.”
To Heal a Fractured World (2007)

“You achieve immortality not by building pyramids or statues – but by engraving your values on the hearts of your children, and they on their theirs, so that our ancestors live on in us and we in our children, and so on until the end of time.”
The Chief Rabbis’ Haggadah (2003)

“Making a blessing over life is the best way of turning life into a blessing.”
Celebrating Life: Finding Happiness in Unexpected Places (2004)

“The very existence of Israel is as near to a miracle as we will find in the sober pages of empirical history.”
Future Tense: Jews, Judaism and Israel in the Twenty First Century (2012)

“The supreme religious challenge is to see God’s image in one who is not in our image.”
The Dignity of Difference: How to Avoid the Clash of Civilizations (2003)

“Love is what redeems us from the prison cell of the self and all the sickness to which the narcissist self is prone – from empty pride to deep depression to a sense of nihilism and the abyss.”
The Great Partnership: Science, Religion and the Search for Meaning (2012)

“The more friendship I share, the more I have. The more love I give, the more I possess. The best way to learn something is to teach it to others.”
Celebrating Life: Finding Happiness in Unexpected Places (2004)

Comments (9)

(8) Eleanor Skibo, February 3, 2021 2:09 AM


Every quote touched my heart with his words and his everliving presence amongst us. There’ll never be another Rabbi Jonathan Sacks. I miss him so. I’m sure there is a special place in G d’s supreme world for the Rabbi.

(7) Len Hummel, November 12, 2020 7:56 AM

Much respect

I am a biblical, spiritual Christian, and I want to say how much I respect the man's moral and intellectual integrity. He taught also,(and most important), by example. His memory will remain blessed.

(6) Alan S,, November 11, 2020 6:53 PM

Thank you for these beautifully chosen quotes and comments.

May his memory be for a blessing!

(5) Travis, November 11, 2020 1:44 AM

Reading these quotes has caused to take a deep look into myself. I need to stop being self absorbed with my troubles and depression. I am going to start today to be more engaging with others.

(4) Sayed Abuelmagd, November 10, 2020 5:11 PM

A teacher and a writer

We are Jews because our faith requires of us all the devotion of our hearts.

(3) Roz Leffler, November 10, 2020 3:52 PM

I as an observant Jew are always inspired by this Torah giant. His words of wisdom can be appreciated by Jew and non- Jew alike. He will surely be missed!

(2) Anonymous, November 10, 2020 1:16 PM

What is the music to this video?

Nicolas, November 10, 2020 10:50 PM

Secrets Of The Earth, by Lama House

(1) Maria Dodoc, November 9, 2020 6:00 PM

Thank You!


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