Archbishop of Canterbury mourns as Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks goes to be with the Lord

It is with deep sadness that I mourn the passing of Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks.

He devoted so much of his life to reflecting on God at the most profound level – and we are all the beneficiaries of his wisdom.

But at the same time, Rabbi Sacks was always someone who you could relate to instantly. He was always thoroughly part of the world and he relished that.

He had a deep commitment to interpersonal relationships – and when you met him you couldn’t help but be swept up in his delight at living, his sense of humour, his kindness, and his desire to know, understand and value others.

It was that rare combination – profound depth, and equally profound commitment to relating with others – that made the leadership he offered possible.

My prayers are especially with Rabbi Sacks’s family, with all those whose lives he touched, and with the whole Jewish community as they come to terms with this great loss.

May his memory be a lasting blessing.

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