Passing of Lord Dr. Jonathan Sacks

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H-Judaic joins with so many across the world, and especially within the Jewish community, in mourning the untimely passing, from cancer, of Lord Dr. Jonathan Sacks (1948-2020), one of the foremost Jewish thinkers and writers of our time.  Formerly Chief Rabbi of the British Empire (1991-2013), Sacks at his death,  simultaneously served as the Ingeborg and Ira Rennert Global Distinguished Professor of Judaic Thought at New York University,as the Kressel and Ephrat Family University Professor of Jewish Thought at Yeshiva University, and as Professor of Law, Ethics, and the Bible at King's College, London.  

For a full-scale biography of Sacks, see the long and authoritative Wikipedia article, which also lists the more than thirty books that appeared under his authorship and editorship.   His Commentary on the Pentateuch is reputedly in press.  Hava Tirosh Samuelson and Aaron Hughes devoted a full-scale volume to his philosophy, entitled UNIVERSALIZING PARTICULARITY  (Brill 2013).  Sacks also maintained a robust website that includes his writings, videos and more:  see

H-Judaic extends deepest sympathies to the Sacks family, and to Jonathan Sacks' legions of devoted students around the world.

Jonathan D. Sarna
Chair,  H-Judaic

Categories: Obituary
Keywords: Necrology