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Chief Rabbi of the British Commonwealth, Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, tells how the Rebbe's guidance affected him at three critical junctures in his life. Rabbi Sacks suggests that we can all live the Rebbe's vision by a) increasing in love for all Jews, b) empowering individuals to discover their true potential, and c) sharing our Jewish commitment and observance with others.

A Story in Three Acts

A Story in Three Acts

How the Lubavitcher Rebbe Changed My Life

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Rabbi Jonathan Sacks is the former Chief Rabbi of Great Britain and the British Commonwealth. To read more writings and teachings by Lord Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, or to join his e‑mail list, please visit www.rabbisacks.org.
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November 11, 2012
Rabbi Jonathan Sacks
Thank you for your wonderful speech. Your words are powerful and inspirational and your message is clear.
Louisa Taylor
Manchester, England
December 5, 2011
Inspired
I belong to a little congregation of the 'British Commonwealth' on the other side of the world. I feel really priviledged to have heard this outstanding address from our Chief Rabbi and to learn of the inspiration and influence that the Rebbe and Chabad had on his life. Both the Rebbe and the Chief Rabbi have influenced my life. The importance of making leaders, not followers, and the importance of seeing what people can become and inspiring them towards fulfilling their potential, is such a valuable message. I am glad we heard this amazing story before he leaves his role. Kol HaKavod to the Kinus committee for inviting him to speak and recording his address.
Dr Klee Benveniste
Adelaide, Australia
December 5, 2011
Being a Menorah
It has come to me in my prayers that we are all Menorahs waithing for the Shamash to light us .We need to have more come from the shadows to be proud of Torah and the Jews who faithfully carry it.We have a new passion to instill in the next generation of Jews . As an older women who's life is half over . Were do women and men go from here? Our spiritual journey began with Adam and Chavah. This was Hashems doing . How do we move forward as Jews not just with knowledge ,but with understanding. For knowledge without understanding is like a runaway train..
sandra johnson
highland, IN
December 1, 2011
Thank you
G-d bless you, Rabbi Jonathan Sacks.
Amazing speech!
Such an inspiration.
Thank you very much.
Ina
December 1, 2011
Rabbi Sacks
I'm unfamiliar with Rabbi Sacks' political leanings, but I thought his address was and is inspiring! He's pretty good if you ask me!
A Baal Teshuva in Tennessee
November 30, 2011
A few thoughts from a distant admirer!
The learned Rabbi has omitted to elaborate on the promise to our father Abraham (note the meaning of אַבְרָם) and its impact on the whole world as mentioned in Genesis 12:1-3. Abraham, incidentally, was not Jewish!
I'll finish on a theo-centric note from Psalm 72:17-19. A lesser vision than the divine conquest over the whole world will not do! Ha-Shem is no tribal deity!
Meanwhile, with my greatest respect to Rabbi Sacks, שלום עליו !!
D Schneider
Gateshead, United Kingdom
November 30, 2011
Non flash video
Please add non flash video for the millions of iPad users. Thanks!
Anonymous
Chicago
chabadconejo.com
November 30, 2011
He continues the message
#Adagio. Must disagree. Rabbi Sacks has said the same things about the Rebbe for many years, so there was nothing new about that. But as one of the greatest Jewish orators today, Rabbi Sacks is able to put forward a story, a message and wrap it up with a concrete call to action. On the contrary, as Chief Rabbi, he is sometimes too obsequious to the non-Jewish chattering classes in the UK. His positions on Israel, at time, l have been much more critical than Chabad will ever be, and more in-line with Israel's critics. Yet, a great speech and one worth listening to.
Philip
Petach Tikva, Israel
November 30, 2011
Jonathan Sacks
Rabbi Jonathan Sacks is a wordsmith par excellence whose head and heart are responsible for some of the most erudite works in the modern Jewish corpus. Criticism has often been levelled at him, in his position as Chief Rabbi, for his obsequiousness towards the Charedi world and this speech is an indication of just that; he has even changed his Hebrew pronunciation to curry favour. There is no doubting his love of Am Yisrael nor of Medinat Yisrael, but this speech is really over the top and does not reflect his hashkaffa at all. If there is a blemish on his position in the community, it is just this, that he failed to stand up for Orthodoxy and caved in to the Chabad/Charedi zeitgeist.
Adagio Forte
Melbourne, Victoria
November 30, 2011
The wisdom of the Rebbe
What a powerful idea - If the Nazis sought out every Jew in hate, then we must seek out every Jew in love! Thank you Rabbi Sacks for this inspirational speech and the many references to the wisdom of the Rebbe.
Bert H.
Phoenix, AZ
jewishanthem.com
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