Future Tense

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Future Tense

Jews, Judaism, and Israel in the Twenty-First Century

By Jonathan Sacks

Schocken Books Inc, Paperback, 9780805212297, 292pp.

Publication Date: August 7, 2012


We are in danger, says Rabbi Sacks, of forgetting what Judaism's place is within the global project of humankind. The Jewish people exist for a reason, and it is not for themselves alone. They must recommit themselves to their foundational purpose: to the task of creating a just world in which the divine presence can dwell among us all. Without compromising one iota of Jewish faith, Rabbi Sacks declares, Jews must stand alongside their friends Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, and secular humanist in defense of freedom against those who desecrate life. And they should do this not to win friends or the admiration of others but because it is what a people of God is supposed to do. Rabbi Sacks's powerful message of "tikkum olam" using Judaism as a blueprint for repairing an imperfect world will resonate with people of all faiths.

About the Author
Rabbi Jonathan Sacks is Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of Great Britain and the Commonwealth and has received honorary degrees from universities around the world. He is the award-winning author of more than twenty books, writes frequently for "The Times" (London) and other periodicals, and is heard regularly on the BBC. Lords Sacks was made a Life Peer in 2009.

Praise For Future Tense

“In clear language Sacks sets forth the arguments put forward by atheists, respectfully demolishing them in favor of the religious stance that he forthrightly espouses.  The range and depth of his familiarity with authorities in both camps are most impressive [and] his erudite position is largely compelling . . . Essential reading because of Sacks’s splendid range of knowledge and his powerful ability to tackle tough issues.”
—Publishers Weekly
“A brilliant exposition of the possibility of science and religion, each in its own way, contributing to a better world.”
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Rabbis aren’t usually rock stars, but Jonathan Sacks isn’t your average rabbi. He is a one-of-a-kind spiritual leader.”
The Jewish Week
“Rabbi Jonathan Sacks is one of the most engaged and engaging thinkers and commentators of our time . . . His writings are always thought-provoking and often profound, and this latest volume is no exception.”
The Times (London)

"Future Tense demonstrates once again Rabbi Sacks's ability to construct a compelling forward-looking vision of Judaism from classical texts . . . that inspires many on both sides of the Atlantic."
The Forward 
“Rabbi Sacks argues for a Judaism that engages with the world, that emphasizes the radical Jewish belief in human freedom. It’s sorely needed.”
—The Guardian