You don’t need to be Jewish to have been inspired by Lord Jonathan Sacks, who steps down as Britain’s Chief Rabbi today after 22 years in the post.
I’ve read a handful of the 22 books he has written. I particularly enjoyed the way his Covenant & Conversation commentaries on the Bible brought its characters to colourful, three-dimensional life.
I also find him a compelling orator. My favourite speech of his, and one of my favourite speeches period, is the one he gave in 2011 about the Chabad Rebbe, Menachem Mendel Schneerson. It was as if he channeled the inspirational qualities of the Rebbe, proving inspirational himself.
I met Lord Sacks at a dinner event in London a few years ago. He was very encouraging to me about my blog and other activity for Israel. However, he seemed most excited when I told him that I am, like him, an Arsenal fan. We had a fun chat.
I wish him the best for the future – starting with a win for the Gunners in the north London derby this afternoon.