With great sadness, we regret to inform you of the passing of Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, the former Chief Rabbi of England who enjoyed a very close relationship with the Rebbe and the Lubavitch community worldwide.
He passed away after recently being diagnosed with Yene Machla R”L.
He passed away earlier today on Shabbos in England and was 72-years-old.
Sacks was highly esteemed around the Jewish world for his erudition, his wisdom, and his prolific authorship of works on Jewish thought.
Rabbi Sacks served as the chief rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth from 1991 to 2013, succeeding Immanuel Jakobovits. He was succeeded by the current chief rabbi, Ephraim Mirvis.
He was widely seen as a voice of morality and ethical integrity, and his positions and opinions were frequently sought by the British media on crucial issues of the day, including in a regular column in The Times newspaper, and as guest on current affairs TV and radio shows.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was “deeply saddened” to hear of Sacks’ passing, saying “His leadership had a profound impact on our whole country and across the world.”
President of Israel Reuven Rivlin gave his condolences, saying Sacks was “a man of thought and a man of words, an original teacher and of creativity, a man of truth, whose generosity and compassion built bridges between people.”
Rabbi Sacks alway credited the Rebbe as the one who motivated him to become a Rabbi saying that in a Yechidus he had with the Rebbe when he was younger, the Rebbe encouraged him to pursue his studies and to become a Rabbi.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Elaine Taylor Sacks and his daughter, Gila Sacks.
Baruch Dayan Ha’emes.
Parts of this article were taken from the Jerusalem Post.