Why I Am a Jew

The most fateful moment in my life came when I asked myself, “Who am I?” This is my answer.

Comments (42)

(39) Binyomin Moshe Hartstein, December 23, 2020 2:03 AM

If only I had seen this sooner

I took one look at the title of this video and it made me cry. This video sums up the entire Jewish experience in a way I've never heard before. I am proud to be a Jew, and no matter how much sacrifice is required, I will always be proud to be a slave of our Creator.

Dvirah, December 24, 2020 7:17 PM


We are not slaves but partners.

(38) Anonymous, November 28, 2020 1:44 PM

so very powerful and touched my soul

this video was so powerful and touched me profoundly.

(37) Gail, November 22, 2020 9:51 AM

Your video gave me strength

When I was feeling lost the video gave me strength and reinforced my life. Thank you.

(36) Sandi Gladding, November 11, 2020 4:58 AM


So well spoken.

(35) Monica, November 9, 2020 11:24 PM

Beautifully done! Thank You!

Beautifully done! Thank You!

(34) Paul Solon, November 8, 2020 7:49 PM

Careful of pride

Rabbi Sachs has several fine things to say about Jewishness and who he is. His chief pt, how the video ends, is how proud he is to be a Jew and carry on Jewish history. I had some small dsc w him 6 yrs ago. He had written, theoretically, 15? Yrs ago, that we sd build bridges not walls b t peoples. But then supported the building of walls around Palestine. Pride is one of the seven sins. Careful of pride. No need to be careful about gratitude, and gratitude about being a Jew. Paul Solon

Anonymous, December 24, 2020 7:22 PM

More Corrections

Considering how so much of the world is ready to denigrate and demonize us, the pride is needed. And the walls would not be needed if so many were not also trying to destroy us.

(33) Jeanne Rudolph, November 8, 2020 7:30 PM

Our dearly beloved late Rabbi Sacks gave us here the essence of Judaism

Deeply appreciated as the gift it was meant to be for each and every one of us! No one has said it in quite like the articulate and gentlemanly manner of the late Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

(32) Anonymous, November 8, 2020 7:01 PM

Thank you for this enlightening declaration of Rabbi Jonathan Sachs.I mourn his passing but I am lifted up in spirit by his words and actions during this hopeful election of President Elect Joe R Biden.

(31) June Phillips, November 8, 2020 5:23 PM

Amazing! Rabbi Jonathan Sacks will be sorely missed. He has made an indelible contribution to our people and our world. May his memory and his contributions to Ethics and Torah scholarship be a blessing.

(30) Jane White, November 8, 2020 4:41 PM

Well done! I love this.

(29) jake, November 8, 2020 8:57 AM

very powerful

Rabbi Sacks will be sorely missed

(28) Anonymous, March 27, 2019 11:43 AM

Shared with family and saved, thank you Rabbi Sacks!!

(27) Anonymous, November 1, 2018 6:33 AM


A letter in their scroll... really lovely video. Love Rabbi Jonathan Sacks. Thanks !

(26) Moshe Russell, October 16, 2018 1:16 PM

What a beautiful portrayal of who we are!

That was simply a wonderful overview of the Jewish journey. Thank you Lord Sacks.

(25) MordechaiF, January 11, 2017 7:02 PM


I do not understand what Rabbi Sacks means when he says " and though we have loved G-d with an everlasting love, we've never stopped wrestling with Him, nor He with us" (at the 5 minute mark in the video) Can anyone explain this? Thank you!

Natan, February 14, 2017 5:25 AM


Israel means he who wrestles with G-d

(24) Hadassah, September 21, 2015 8:42 PM


Thank you so much for this moving video.Perfect for helping one gain perspective through confusing times.I feel so much more ready for the holidays with these concepts clarified....

(23) Liliana, September 13, 2015 12:23 PM

I was born Jewish but couldn't understand after I saw a movie about the Holocaust why someone would want to remain Jewish knowing that they could die because antisemitism repeats. I asked my parents why I should remain a Jew knowing that it is possible with the history of the Jews that someone would possibly come after them again and again and they couldn't explain except to say that being Jewish is in your blood. As I got a little older and explored other religions in order to understand the world around me and finally explored my own as well I finally understood why I am a Jew. However, your short video touched me very deeply and explained all my questions from so long ago in just a few minutes. I thought it was deeply moving and very inspirational and will continue to share it with others. I only wish you had this video in a russian translation as well. Thank you with all my heart.

(22) Rene, September 13, 2015 8:46 AM

Hashem will be proud and happy

Hashem will be proud and happy to listen. Thanks alot.

(21) Inna, September 13, 2015 4:25 AM



(20) Anonymous, September 13, 2015 2:22 AM


This was so powerful and wise !! It touched upon so much and was a wonderful compilation of the myriad facets of Judaism and our peoples' history. This should be required viewing for every Jew! Shanah Tova. Am Yisrael Chai!

(19) Feigele, September 13, 2015 1:15 AM

To make a long story short!

"Histoire sans paroles"
That's where we all came from...

(18) Bev butter, September 12, 2015 4:58 PM

Wonderful. Simply states the tenets of Judaism without being preachy.

Very well written and produced. Sent the right message simply without sounding preachy.

(17) Leona Dubois, September 12, 2015 3:29 PM

thank you

thank you Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks for such a beautiful description of why you are a Jew. Your words are so encouraging ...

(16) Elizabeth, September 12, 2015 7:24 AM

You are right! I am proud to be Jewish!

(15) Gary Besner, September 12, 2015 12:07 AM

Brilliant; absolutely brilliant.

I am at a loss for words.

(14) Guillermo Lopez, September 11, 2015 11:25 PM

Outstanding! Shana Tova!

(13) Gil Schwadron, September 11, 2015 9:18 PM

Pride of the individual

I've been searching for something to relate to my secular children. This is it. Yashir Koach Rabbi. Shanna Tovah

(12) Anonymous, September 11, 2015 9:00 PM

Does anyone know where I can get a written copy of the text of Rabbi Sachs' "Why I am a Jew?" video?

(11) Lisa Daniels Gonzales, September 11, 2015 8:49 PM

Beyond words. Watched over and over.

Inspiring and helpful. After a tragic loss I had asked myself who am I? After some research I discovered a Jewish heritage that had been kept secret. I embrace being Jewish with heart and soul. What an amazing journey this has been!!! Peace at last.

(10) Bracha Goetz, September 11, 2015 7:52 PM


(9) Helen ritman, September 11, 2015 5:20 PM

love it

Your videos and articles on tefilah are so inspirational. I have shared them with my students. Kol hakavod and Shana tova. Thank you.

(8) Harriet Lyall, September 11, 2015 3:36 PM


Inspirational and superbly well-expressed.

(7) Ayobola, September 11, 2015 2:12 PM

Pure Inspiration

Very timely.
Deeply moved; inspired beyond what words can articulate.

Shana Tova!

(6) ann barneder, September 11, 2015 2:09 PM


Rav Sachs sums up 4000 years of Jewish history so well. I have always been proud to be a practicing Jewess, and live in the State of Israel among my own people. Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us.

(5) Anonymous, September 11, 2015 12:51 PM

I'm a Muslim woman and I really admire Jews in a lot of ways over the course of history, well done bani izrael.

(4) b, September 11, 2015 10:41 AM

who is the artist? Beautiful

(3) Sarah, September 11, 2015 8:55 AM


I needed to hear that

(2) Anonymous, September 11, 2015 8:30 AM


nothing less than the always elegant, graceful, exquisite and exceptional that has always been the hallmark of Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks. i am deeply grateful for this. Cizku Veimtzu beavodatchem hakodesh!! Shana Tova!

(1) Chaya, September 10, 2015 9:56 AM

Very well done! Simply fantastic! Thank you! Shana tova!


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