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Future Tense: Jews, Judaism, and Israel in the Twenty-first Century

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We are in danger, says Rabbi Sacks, of forgetting what Judaism’s place is within the global project of humankind. The Jewish people exist for a reason, and it is not for themselves alone. They must recommit themselves to their foundational purpose: to the task of creating a just world in which the divine presence can dwell among us all. Without compromising one iota of Jew ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published August 7th 2012 by Schocken (first published October 1st 2009)
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Linda Abraham
I rarely read books twice, but i am reading this one for a second time. There is such depth to it and it is so beautifully written. Elegant and eloquent.

I love how Rabbi Sachs integrates the universal and particular elements of Torah, how he lays out an approach requiring both adherence to Torah and involvement in society. He sets a high standard.

I recommend this book to anyone seeking a sophisticated, but demanding, perspective on Torah in our complex world.
Jsavett1
The specifics of Rabbi Sacks's presentation of Judaism as a particularist religion of hope and complexity is, by itself, marvelous. But it is Sacks himself that I'm enamored of most; he is living proof that an orthodox Rabbi can be an open minded, sophisticated thinker. Sacks knows his literature, philosophy, science, and Torah and sees them complimenting each other rather than competing for truth.
Jack Oughton
As a secular chap who's somewhat ignorant about Judaism, I feel like I learnt a lot about the issues in modern Judaism and what it is like to be a Jew today. I'd recommend it to fellow secular people who've not had much exposure to the faith but would like to learn more.
Joshua Stein
Sacks is an incredible writer and his analysis of the form of contemporary rabbinic Judaism is really interesting. My major misgiving is his tendency to generalize and to speak in terms that are not clearly defined.

For those looking for an interesting, accessible approach to understanding rabbinic Judaism, Sacks is an amazing writer and presents wonderful ideas, it's well worth the read. The problem is that it's not really rigorous in its researching, so those with substantial backgrounds might
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Marc
I liked his premise, but it could have been said in a short essay...Jews have to stop living in the past and being victims --- and several good thoughts on Jewish identity and anti-semitism. Hate to say this, but really, only worth skimming, in my opinion.
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Jonathan Henry Sacks, Baron Sacks, Kt is the Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth. His Hebrew name is Yaakov Zvi.

As the spiritual head of the United Synagogue, the largest synagogue body in the UK, he is the Chief Rabbi of the mainstream British orthodox synagogues, but not the religious authority for the Federation of Synagogues or the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congre
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