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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


A Story in Three Acts: How the Lubavitcher Rebbe Changed My Life

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.
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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
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Shriyanee Nugawela Sri Lanka November 16, 2017

Thank you. Light up the Nations. Blessings. Reply

Chani UK November 27, 2016

Adagio, Rav Sacks became a rabbi at the Rebbe's urging and Chief Rabbi at the Rebbe's urging, as he said. Why would he not sound like a Chabadnik? Reply

Grace October 23, 2016

Thank you Thank you Rebbe and all Rebbies around the world for to share with others your wisdom, thank you for the enlightenment that you have brought to my difficult journey, thank you for to spread around the world G-d's words. Reply

Louisa Taylor Manchester, England November 11, 2012

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks Thank you for your wonderful speech. Your words are powerful and inspirational and your message is clear. Reply

Dr Klee Benveniste Adelaide, Australia 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. Reply

sandra johnson highland, IN 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.. Reply

Ina December 1, 2011

Thank you G-d bless you, Rabbi Jonathan Sacks.
Amazing speech!
Such an inspiration.
Thank you very much. Reply

A Baal Teshuva in Tennessee 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! Reply

D Schneider Gateshead, United Kingdom 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 !! Reply

Anonymous Chicago via November 30, 2011

Non flash video Please add non flash video for the millions of iPad users. Thanks! Reply

Philip Petach Tikva, Israel 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. Reply

Adagio Forte Melbourne, Victoria 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. Reply

Bert H. Phoenix, AZ via 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. Reply

Anonymous new york, ny November 29, 2011

Rabbi Sacks and the Shluchim Listening to Rabbi Sacks, yes it is so credible !!!! - and his ability to sum it all up in this Address, everything we could be thinking of regarding the Rebbe and the shluchim, and he says it. How proud we are to know that you and your families have chosen your life’s work in doing the Rebbe’s work. In the name of all the parents of shluchim everywhere we are so blessed..... Reply

Editor, via November 29, 2011

Re Women The women have their own conference in February and the men get their own turn at taking care of things at home then and ensuring that the Chabad house runs smoothly. Click on "conference of Chabad women emissaries" on the left to view past conferences. Reply

ella ny, usa via November 29, 2011

Jonathan Sacks Where are the women?? Reply

Caryn Rehovot, Israel November 29, 2011

Rabbi Sacks for Chief Rabbi of Israel He's got my vote. There is so much divisiveness here and respect for the positions of both Ashkenazic and Sephardic chief rabbi is diminishing as politics is seen to play a prominent (perhaps overarching) role in their work. Rabbi Sacks is the most uniting individual I've come across. Rabbi Sacks crosses all boundaries - Jewish and non-Jewish, Limudei Kodesh and secular studies. Reply

Anonymous S.Paul, MN November 29, 2011

the lone Jewish girl in my school Not in Alaska but close, the only Jewish girl in my forward, could only relate to Chabad's wider perspective of outreach as we ourselves were doing, now my children are the Rebbe's shluchim all the way around the world, thank G-d. Reply

Anonymous cedarhurst, ny November 28, 2011

WOW. The Lubavitcher Rebbe obviously lit quite some fire in CR Jonathan Sacks that has not waned, but increased over the years. Imagine that he has not only able to inspire hundreds of thousands of 'other' Jews worldwide, but thousands of the Rebbe's closest followers/leaders on the night of their greatest chizuk (strength).

What a testimony to the greatness of the Lubavitcher Rebbe and his work that continues today.

Kol Hakavod seems so meek a comment to make, so I will just say WOW. Reply

Lance Woodbury, NY/USA via November 28, 2011

incredible Possibly the best and most significant speech I have ever heard. I am in awe of his drive, his faith and his conviction. Thank you Rabbi Sacks. And thank you Chabad. Reply