Statement by Rabbi Yehuda Krinsky
The global Chabad-Lubavitch movement mourns the passing, Shabbat morning, of the former chief rabbi of Great Britain, Lord Jonathan (Yaakov Tzvi) Sacks. He was 72. His passing is a tragic loss that will be felt around the world.
Rabbi Sacks was a rare luminary who, with his sweeping scholarship, moral wisdom, and eloquent oratorical skills, had a profound influence on the larger Jewish community, and well beyond it.
A student of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Sacks spoke often of how the Rebbe shaped his attitude to leadership and moral responsibility. Esteemed within the highest echelons of academic, social, political and religious circles, Rabbi Sacks led with the courageous, moral voice of Torah Judaism, which will be greatly missed. Yehi Zichro Baruch.
On behalf of the Rebbe’s shluchim worldwide, Chabad-Lubavitch Headquarters extends heartfelt condolences to Lady Elaine Sacks, the children, Joshua, Dina and Gila, and the entire Sacks family.