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From the pulpit to the Internet, Rabbi Sacks was an influential voice in support of Judaism and Zionism in the UK and around the world.

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Rabbi Sacks was “a proud Jewish and Zionist leader. A thinker who knew how to connect wisely and sensitively between the Torah and people around the world, and touched each one personally.” (Photo by Eitan Elhadez-Barak/TPS on 21 November, 2018)

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(TPS) Israel’s leadership expressed its sorrow over the passing of Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, the former chief rabbi of the United Kingdom and one of the generation’s most noted Jewish thinkers.

Rabbi Sacks passed away on Saturday at the age of 72.

Israeli President Rivlin stated he was “deeply saddened” to hear of Rabbi Sacks’ passing, “a man of thought and a man of words, an original teacher and of creativity, a man of truth, whose generosity and compassion built bridges between people.”

“Rabbi Sacks bravely faced difficult questions and always found the right words to illuminate the Torah and explain its paths,”  he said, underscoring his “warnings against violence in the name of God, and his belief that we have the power to heal a fractured world.”

He conveyed his condolences to “his family, to British Jewry, and to his many students. May his memory be a blessing.”

Isaac Herzog, Chairman of the Jewish Agency, stated he was “saddened to learn” of the passing of Rabbi Sacks. He eulogized him as “a spiritual and moral Jewish leader and a dear friend. A proud Jew and ardent Zionist.”

Rabbi David Stav, a leading Israeli rabbi, recalled two ideas Rabbi Sacks shared with him during their meetings.

“When he heard about my mother’s death, he told me that when his mother died one of the undertakers asked him how old she was. Rabbi Sacks responded what he replied, and the undertaker responded: ‘When a mother dies, she is always too young.’”

The second idea was as a concept on Kaddish, during which one beseeches God for mercy “on Israel and on the sages … they will have grace and kindness and mercy.”

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“Rabbi Sachs asked: why should one ask God to give mercy to sages? He replied with wit and humor, that this is a text intended for certain rabbis in our generation who sometimes seem to have lost the mercy for those who come before them. From here he went on to talk about the importance of helping immigrants prove their Jewishness out of compassion and empathy,” Rabbi Stav recalled.

Rabbi Sacks “was one of the most prominent moral voices of this generation. And really, the strong feeling is that he left us too young.”

Yaakov Haguel, head of the World Zionist Organization, mourned Rabbi Sacks passing, “a proud Jewish and Zionist leader. A thinker who knew how to connect wisely and sensitively between the Torah and people around the world, and touched each one personally.”

“A great loss to the Jewish community in Britain and to the Jewish world in general,” he added.

Rabbi Sacks was the Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth from 1991 to 2013.

Rabbi Sacks wrote some 20 books on Jewish thought and broader issues of religion and morality.

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