Chief Rabbi Dr Jonathan Sacks delivered this lecture on 25th November 2003 at the Cockcroft Lecture Theatre in the University of Cambridge. He was introduced by Professor Derek Burke. The lecture was followed by questions from the audience and later a dinner/discussion. Transcripts of the lecture and discussion in both html and pdf can be found below, as well as audio recordings of the events.

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Brief Biography

Dr Jonathan Sacks is Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth. He is widely acknowledged internationally as one of the leading contemporary exponents of Judaism. Prior to becoming Chief Rabbi, he had been Principal of Jews' College, London, as well as rabbi of the Golders Green and Marble Arch Synagogues in London. He read philosophy at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, before pursuing postgraduate studies at New College, Oxford, and King's College, London. He is currently Visiting Professor of Theology at Kings' College London, and he holds honorary doctorates from the universities of Cambridge, Glasgow, Haifa, Middlesex, Yeshiva New York, Liverpool and St. Andrews. In 1995, he received the Jerusalem Prize for his contribution to diaspora Jewish life. The Chief Rabbi is a frequent contributor to radio, television and the national press, including The Times where he writes a monthly Credo column. In 1990 he delivered the BBC Reith Lectures on The Persistence of Faith. He is the author of thirteen books, including The Politics of Hope, Morals and Markets and Dignity of Difference.

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