By COLlive reporter
The Rabbi Sacks Legacy and Bar-Ilan University hosted a three-day international conference dedicated to Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks OBM, the former chief rabbi of Britain and one of the foremost communicators of Torah in the last generation.
Academics from around the world convened in Ramat Gan from 17–19 January 2023 and discussed the ideas and influence of Rabbi Sacks.
The sessions – primarily in English – focused on Rabbi Sacks’ messages on the ethics of responsibility, Orthodoxy in modernity, religious leadership and his vision for Israel and the Jewish people.
Organized by Bar-Ilan University’s Departments of Jewish Philosophy and Political Studies, and The Rabbi Sacks Legacy, the conference is titled “Rabbi, Professor, Lord: The Ideas and Influence of Jonathan Sacks” and is sponsored by the Jewish News.
The event featured greetings from Israeli President Isaac Herzog, his wife Lady Elaine Sacks, and Rabbi Sacks’ younger brother, Eliot Sacks.
Conference speakers from abroad included scholars from Harvard University, the University of Oxford, McGill University, Yeshiva University, the University of Chicago, Seton Hall University, London School of Jewish Studies and more.
One of them was Rabbi Dr. Reuven Leigh, Director of the Chabad House at Cambridge University, and Affiliated Lecturer at the Institute of Continuing Education and the Faculty of Divinity at the University of Cambridge.
The title of Rabbi Leigh’s talk was “Jonathan Sacks as a Biblical Exegete.” When he got up to speak, he said he would like to add the title “chossid” to the list of Rabbi Sacks’ titles.
He went on to describe how Rabbi Sacks has been a modern commentator on the Torah, and how he was deeply inspired by the teaching of the Rebbe throughout his life.
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