By Jonathan Sacks
Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks takes a timely look at the ambiguous position of Judaism in the world today.
Historically, Jews have thought of themselves in terms of the biblical phrase, 'The people that dwells alone.' In the current global environment, this is dangerous. It leads to the isolation of Jews, Judaism and Israel. Too much contemporary Jewish writing is self-referential: Jews talking to Jews, preaching to the converted. Yet Jews cannot cure anti-Semitism alone. We need to persuade Jews and non-Jews alike that Jews, Judaism and Israel have something unique to contribute to the future. FUTURE TENSE does this. It moves beyond the 'they hate us' school of Jewish thought to provide an overarching vision for the future of Judaism, Jewish life and Israel for the twenty-first century.
Rabbi Lord Sacks, former Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the UK & Commonwealth, is admired by non-Jews as well as Jews, by secular as well as religious thinkers, and is equally at home in the university and the yeshiva. Lord Sacks read Philosophy at Cambridge before pursuing postgraduate studies at New College, Oxford and King's College, London.
The Chief Rabbi is a highly respected writer and broadcaster, with a regular column in The Times and frequent appearances on Radio 4's Thought for the Day. He is the author of twenty books, including The Great Partnership, The Dignity of Difference and Future Tense.
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27 Oct 2011
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Hodder & Stoughton
'One of the most engaging thinkers of our time' — The Times
'Always thought-provoking' — The Times
Britain's most authentically prophetic voice — Daily Telegraph
He has done more than anyone in Britain today to focus our attention on the needs and challenges of community in the global world — Gordon Brown
'A towering figure in the intellectual life of Britain today'. — Tony Blair