Part One: Making a Blessing over Life Part Two: Affirmations in Unexpected Places Part Three: Where Happiness Lives Part Four: Finding God Part Five: Faith in the Family Part Six: The Moral Voice Part Seven: Communities of Faith Part Eight: Faith and Friendship Part Nine: From Optimism to Hope
Following the painful loss of his father, former Chief Rabbi Sacks began to learn how to celebrate life in a new way.
Sir Jonathan Sacks, who died in late 2020, was Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of Britain and the Commonwealth. He was the author of numerous books, including Celebrating Life, From Optimism to Hope, The Persistence of Faith and The Dignity of Difference, for which he won a Grawemeyer Award in Religion.
"In his new and brilliantly executed book Celebrating Life, a
collection of 58 short essays whose origin was in the Credo column
in the Times of London, Sacks has written what is surely the most
bracing and cogent popular treatise on religion and modern life
that we now possess The steely determined INTELLIGENCE of Rabbi
Sacks continues to impress and to inspire us in its overwhelming
profundity .Celebrating Life is yet further evidence that Rabbi
Jonathan Sacks stands alone among modern theologians in his
eloquent espousal of Religious Humanism that brooks no compromise
in either religious or secular terms. This book is required reading
for anyone who thinks and feels about the things that are closest
to us as human beings." -Sephardic Heritage Update, 4/22/04
In this inspiring collection of columns written for The Times, Jonathan Sacks, Chief Rabbi of Britain and the Commonwealth since 1991, reflects on the art of celebrating life . It is salutary to savor the words of this respected spiritual leader and to see how forcefully he lifts up and affirms what is best in religion. www.spiritualityHealth.com, November 10, 2004