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Switch to Forum Live View Rabbi Sacks sees Judaism and Israel as “voices of hope”
7 years ago  ::  Nov 10, 2011 - 5:13PM #1
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didn;t know where else to post this. 

 Rabbi Sacks sees Judaism and Israel as "voices of hope"

TORONTO — Despite his presence on Twitter and Facebook, extensive interfaith work, a PhD from London, England’s King’s College, and frequent media appearances, Rabbi Jonathan Sacks doesn’t use the term “modern Orthodox.”

Speaking to a capacity crowd at Shaarei Shomayim Congregation Nov. 2, the chief rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth said he is critical of “many of the values of modernity.”

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   Malamet noted that many Jews today view Judaism as somewhat antiquated, while the chief rabbi views it as “revolutionary.”

The rabbi said that, at a conference on climate change, he spoke about weekly Shabbat observance – including abstention from driving cars and riding in airplanes – as a solution to the world’s energy crisis.

At the same time, he recognizes what he calls “the dignity of difference” among religions and cultures. “We each have something unique to contribute.”

Religious extremism is on the rise in every religion, he noted. “The groups in the middle are in decline everywhere… this is incredibly dangerous.”

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  As well, he recalled encouraging university students who were experiencing antisemitism to “do the unexpected thing” and lead the fight against Islamophobia on campus.

The result was the Coexistence Trust, an organization formed in 2005 to fight Islamophobia and antisemitism.

“We need friends and allies,” he said.

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   Rabbi Sacks sees Judaism and Israel as “voices of hope” – Judaism for its ability to outlast civilizations that once seemed invulnerable, and Israel, with its accomplishments in arts, science and humanities, for setting an example for small, young nations.

He urged audience members to “wear [their] Judaism with pride… it will be good for us and it will be good for the world.”

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7 years ago  ::  Nov 12, 2011 - 6:57AM #2
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Two thumbs up for Rabbi Sacks. Thanks for this, Squirrel.


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