Rabbi Jonathan Sacks has been the Chief Rabbi of Britain and the Commonwealth since 1991. Educated at Cambridge and Oxford, he has held professorial chairs and congregational pulpits in England, Israel, and the United States. The author of eleven previous books, including Arguments for the Sake of Heaven and The Politics of Hope, he lives in London, England
At least half of young Jews today are turning their backs on their Jewish heritage, notes Sacks, the chief rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth and author of Faith in the Future and a number of other books. Tracing some of the milestones in Jewish history, he poses questions for these Jews: "What are the claims that Jewish identity makes upon me?" "What is the nature of the collective Jewish journey that I am asked to continue?" "How did we lose the way?" He is proud to be a Jew because of Judaism's moral purpose, commitment to the poor and oppressed, faith in freedom, belief in the Torah, and continuing tradition. He urges young Jews to continue the journey, to pass it on to their children, to be a "letter in the scroll" of the eternal people. A most profound and eloquently expressed meditation, this is highly recommended for all Jews as well as for non-Jews looking to better understand the Jewish legacy and commitment.DMarcia Welsh, formerly with Guilford Free Lib., CT Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Dr. Norman Lamm, President
Yeshiva UniversityOf the many books that introduce the reader to Judaism, "A Letter in the Scroll" is by far the best. Without resorting to technical religious and philosophical jargon, Rabbi Sacks takes us on a fascinating cultural and religious journey that is as engaging as it is informative. All in all, this is a splendid volume by an eminent author -- a felicitous combination that will attract the already informed as well as the merely curious. Buy it and give it as a gift -- but first, make sure to read it from cover to cover.