God speaks not in the whirlwind, the earthquake, or the fire but in the still, small voice that echoes in the silence of the soul…
Make Gentle the Life
Topic: Wisdom & Understanding
Liberal democratic politics is the politics of peace. It is not dramatic, heroic, the stuff of Homer or Virgil. But it does stop us killing one another in the name of faith. And it does honor the greatest of all religious truths: That God speaks not in the whirlwind, the earthquake, or the fire but in the still, small voice that echoes in the silence of the soul and helps us, in Robert Kennedy’s fine phrase, ‘to tame the savageness of man and make gentle the life of this world.
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.
The Home We Build Together
Sacks, Jonathan. The Home We Build Together: Recreating Society. Continuum, 2009, p. 227 [Jonathan Sacks, The Home We Build Together].
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