The sanctity of marriage, the need for sexual restraint, and the responsibilities of parenthood, especially fatherhood, will be recovered, because there are in our midst [religious] communities that have done their best to preserve them, at the very least as ideals.
The Sanctity of Marriage
Topic: Family & Friendship
“At some stage it will begin to dawn on thoughtful people that what we are doing to our children by the deconstruction of marriage is harmful, irresponsible and ultimately unconscionable. The sanctity of marriage, the need for sexual restraint, and the responsibilities of parenthood, especially fatherhood, will be recovered, because there are in our midst [religious] communities that have done their best to preserve them, at the very least as ideals. That is the power of tradition in an untraditional age and religion in a secular society.”
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. 216 [Jonathan Sacks, The Home We Build Together (Chapter 18)].
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