Watch: Lighting a Hanukka 'candle of hope' with Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

“We are a global people, and must therefore use social media platforms and the world’s newest technologies to inspire us," said Rabbi Sacks.

December 13, 2017 12:07
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Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks. (photo credit: BLAKE EZRA PHOTOGRAPHY)

Although Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks stepped down as Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth in 2013, he is still a dominant force in the Jewish life in the United Kingdom and beyond.

This Hannuka, Sacks will be shining his light with around 200 students of the Hasmonean High Boys’ School, one of the country’s leading orthodox high schools in London.

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His participation will be part of The Jerusalem Post's and the Ministry of Diaspora Affair's project to broadcast Hanukka lighting ceremonies around the globe, demonstrating that although we may be small in numbers, Jewish life world wide will not be extinguished.


“We are a global people, and must therefore use social media platforms and the world’s newest technologies to inspire us to make new connections with our ancient faith," Rabbi Sacks told The Jerusalem Post.

"Throughout countless generations, Judaism and its culture of hope survived, and the Hanukka lights are the symbol of that survival, of Judaism’s refusal to jettison its values for the glamour and prestige of a secular culture, then or now. A candle of hope may seem a small thing, but on it the very survival of a civilization may depend,” he added.

As a celebrated figure in England, who served as Chief Rabbi from 1991-2013, Sacks is an advocate for interfaith dialogue, a clear moral voice in a time of discord and is the author of dozens of books on Judaism, leadership and Jewish thought.

According to the ministry, Britain's Jewish community is the fourth largest in the world. Prof. Sergio Della Pergola of Hebrew University estimated that as of 2016, there are more than 290,000 Jews in the United Kingdom.

Lighting of Hanukka candles for children saved from concentration camps, England, 1945

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