By COLlive reporter
Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, former Chief Rabbi of Britain who is one of the leading thinkers and speakers of Jewish teachings today, has been recently diagnosed with cancer.
A spokesperson for the Office of Rabbi Sacks made the announcement on Thursday, 15th October 2020 and said the rabbi is currently undergoing treatment to aid his recovery.
An international religious leader, philosopher, award-winning author and respected moral voice, Rabbi Sacks served as Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth for 22 years, from 1991 and 2013.
In 1996, he authored “Torah Studies: A Parsha Anthology,” based on the sichos of the Rebbe who had a lasting influence on his life since encouraging him to become a leader in the Jewish community in his youth.
Rabbi Sacks told about his encounter with the Rebbe during his recent interview on the “From the Inside Out” hosted by Rivkah Krinsky and Eda Schottenstein.
Rabbi Sacks was awarded the 2016 Templeton Prize in recognition of his “exceptional contributions to affirming life’s spiritual dimension” and is a frequent and sought-after contributor to radio, television and the press both in Britain and around the world.
His spokesperson said that Rabbi Sacks, 72, “remains positive and upbeat and will now spend a period of time focused on the treatment he is receiving from his excellent medical team.”
“He is looking forward to returning to his work as soon as possible,” his spokesperson added.
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