Quotes by Jonathan Sacks

Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, is the holy of holies of Jewish time. It is that rarest of phenomena, a Jewish festival without food. Instead it is a day of fasting and prayer, introspection and self-judgment when, collectively and repeatedly, we confess our sins and pray to be written into God's Book of Life.
– Jonathan Sacks
Whole communities are growing up without fathers or male role models. Bringing up a family in the best of circumstances is not easy. To try to do it by placing the entire burden on women - 91% of single-parent families in Britain are headed by the mother, according to census data - is practically absurd and morally indefensible.
– Jonathan Sacks
While we can remember the past, we cannot write the future. Only our children, the future of our community, can do that.
– Jonathan Sacks
While everyone else is thinking about economics and politics, executive salaries and the future of the euro, do the opposite, even if it's hard. Invest in the spirit.
– Jonathan Sacks
Which European leader today would not relish the wonder-working powers of a Moses? Budget deficit? Unpopular cuts? How about just a little miracle, an overnight increase in gold reserves, a new oil field, or the next world-changing communications technology? Surely that's not too much to ask.
– Jonathan Sacks
What creates freedom? A revolution in the streets? Mass protest? Civil war? A change of government? The ousting of the old guard and its replacement by the new? History, more often than not, shows that hopes raised by such events are often dashed, sooner rather than later.
– Jonathan Sacks
We need to rediscover the idea of the common good and work together to build a home.
– Jonathan Sacks
We from every religion feel comfortable in Britain because there is a host. The Church of England is a good host, it has been a major force in shaping England into such a tolerant society.
– Jonathan Sacks
We do not always appreciate the role the Queen has played in one of the most significant changes in the past 60 years: the transformation of Britain into a multi-ethnic, multi-faith society. No one does interfaith better than the Royal family, and it starts with the Queen herself.
– Jonathan Sacks
We believe that what we possess we don't ultimately own. God is merely entrusting it to us. And one of the conditions of that trust is that we share what we have with those who have less. So, if you don't give to people in need, you can hardly call yourself a Jew. Even the most unbelieving Jew knows that.
– Jonathan Sacks
We are biological creatures. We are born, we live, we die. There is no transcendent purpose to existence. At best we are creatures of reason, and by using reason we can cure ourselves of emotional excess. Purged of both hope and fear, we find courage in the face of helplessness, insignificance and uncertainty.
– Jonathan Sacks
True freedom requires the rule of law and justice, and a judicial system in which the rights of some are not secured by the denial of rights to others.
– Jonathan Sacks
To defend a country you need an army, but to defend a civilization you need education.
– Jonathan Sacks
There's always hope. You can lose everything else in the world, but Jews never lose hope.
– Jonathan Sacks
The world we build tomorrow is born in the stories we tell our children today. Politics moves the pieces. Education changes the game.
– Jonathan Sacks
The royals - all of them, especially Prince Philip and Prince Charles - have done outstanding work with the faith communities.
– Jonathan Sacks
The people of Israel are entitled, as is any other nation, to live in peace and safety.
– Jonathan Sacks
The message of Passover remains as powerful as ever. Freedom is won not on the battlefield but in the classroom and the home. Teach your children the history of freedom if you want them never to lose it.
– Jonathan Sacks
The Jewish festival of freedom is the oldest continuously observed religious ritual in the world. Across the centuries, Passover has never lost its power to inspire the imagination of successive generations of Jews with its annually re-enacted drama of slavery and liberation.
– Jonathan Sacks
The faith religious believers have in God is small compared to the faith people put in politicians, knowing how many times they have been disappointed in the past but still insisting that this time it will be different.
– Jonathan Sacks