We know that eternity preceded us and infinity will come after us, yet we know also that this day, this moment, this place, this circumstance is full of the light of infinite radiance, whose proof is the mere fact that we are here to experience it.
Light of Infinite Radiance
Topic: Truth, Law, & Principle
God is the personal dimension of existence, the “Thou’ beneath the ‘It’, the ‘ought’ beyond the ‘is’, the Self that speaks to self in moments of total disclosure when, opening ourselves to the universe, we find God reaching out to us. At that moment we make the life-changing discovery that, although we are utterly insignificant, we are also utterly significant, a fragment of God’s presence in the world. We know that eternity preceded us and infinity will come after us, yet we know also that this day, this moment, this place, this circumstance is full of the light of infinite radiance, whose proof is the mere fact that we are here to experience it. At its height, faith is none other than the transfiguring knowledge that, ‘Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil, for You are with me.’
Knowing, we are known. Feeling, we are felt. Acting, we are acted upon. Living, we are lived. If we make ourselves transparent to existence, then our lives too radiate that Divine presence which, celebrating life, gives life to those whose lives we touch.”
Jonathan Henry Sacks, Baron Sacks, was born on March 8, 1948, in Lambeth, London. He became a notable British Orthodox rabbi, philosopher, theologian, author, and politician. From 1991 to 2013, he served as the Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth, playing a pivotal role in guiding and representing Jewish communities across the region.
Beyond his leadership in the Jewish community, Sacks was deeply passionate about character education, morality, and the importance of family. He frequently emphasized the role of ethical teachings in forming well-rounded individuals and believed in the necessity of strong family bonds for a stable society. An accomplished author, his books often explored the intersections of faith, morality, and contemporary challenges, aiming to make religious insights relevant to a wide audience. These works not only resonated within religious circles but also found acclaim in academic and political spheres due to their timely and profound insights.
Sacks passed away on November 7, 2020, in London. His legacy, marked by interfaith dialogue, advocacy for character education, and a steadfast commitment to the Jewish community, continues to inspire many. He is survived by his wife, Elaine Taylor Sacks, whom he married in 1970.
Sacks, Jonathan. "Celebrating Life: Finding Happiness in Unexpected Places." Continuum International Publishing Group, 2000.
Theme: The Light of Truth