Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks on difference

The test of faith is whether I can make space for difference. Can I recognize God’s image in someone who is not in my image, whose language, faith, ideal, are different from mine? If I cannot, then I have made God in my image

Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks zt”l, 1948-2020

46 thoughts on “Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks on difference”

  1. I copied this profound, wholly persuading statement, and will use it in the right place in my blog. I have written in my today’s post of my own mantra – I am a human being first, and everything else after.
    Thank you.


    1. Yes, exactly. Me too. Thank you for the support, Joanna.

      I have often considered my identity in terms of what comes to my mind first. For example, I am male, I am Jewish, etc., etc…. and, for me, “I am human” is at the top.

    1. Truly, he was able to speak truth and reason to so many different kinds of people – while being entirely and exclusively true to his unique identity.

      1. This is so sudden for me as well. I feel extremely sad about his passing. I have one book of his and i just checked now its not on my shelf, but i know i didn’t part with it when i downsized my shelf.

        1. Yes, I have used his one book that i have for counsel. As an author he became a father figure to me.

        2. Yes, it’s a fact, I would turn to his pages, his mind, his heart and his insight for all kinds of guidance in my personal, social, political and spiritual life.

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