On Jewish Leadership

Dear friends,

Over the weekend, I read a wonderful article by the Chief Rabbi of the UK, Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, on “Seven Principles of Jewish leadership” in the Jerusalem Post magazine. At the end of the article, Rabbi Sacks wrote:

“Never in history has there been a better time to be a Jewish leader. However, there is a right way for future Jewish leadership to go and a wrong way. The wrong way is to emphasize anti-semitism and the assaults on Israel, to exaggerate the tensions between the different streams in Jewish life and to bemoan the lack of Jewish leadership. The right way is to make friends within and beyond the Jewish community, to emphasize the ethical and spiritual dimensions of Judaism, to find social action projects we can work on across other divides and to find ways of making Jews feel proud to be Jews.”

Wow! When I read this, I was all too mindful that our so-called Chief Rabbis in Israel are so far from this kind of enlightened forward-thinking consciousness! One of the leaders of Shas said last week that, as far as he was concerned, Reform and Conservative rabbis “don’t exist”!

What a remarkable inspirational leader Rabbi Sacks has been for Jews and non-Jews in the UK and around the world. I wish we could import him and his vision to Israel!


Rabbi Dr. Ron Kronish
Director, ICCI and JCJCR

One Response

  1. Dear Rabbi Dr. Ron,

    Thank you for sharing Rabbi Jonathan Sacks’ thoughts on Jewish Leadership, and indeed your own: both refreshing.
    Rabbi Dan Cohn-Sherbok’s new book ‘The Palestinian State: A Jewish Justification’ is also worthy of study, particularly for his leadership on ‘Jewish Theology of Liberation’ and ‘Moral Praxis’.

    Yours sincerely,

    Professor Brian Walker, MBE
    Winchester Centre of Religions for Reconciliation and Peace
    University of Winchester, United Kingdom

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