Former chief rabbi Jonathan Sax was buried in a small ceremony on Sunday, less than 24 hours after he died of cancer following Jewish rites.
The service was conducted in compliance with the official Covid guidelines, which meant a maximum of 30 attendees. The funeral of such a high-ranking member of the Jewish community would have drawn hundreds or thousands of mourners in non-epidemic times.
Sax, who was 72 years old, was the chief rabbi of the Orthodox Church for 22 years until 2013 and was married in 2009. Much of the Jewish community is convinced that his regular Thought for the Day broadcast values and reach out to society in today’s BBC Radio 4 program and newspaper articles.
He announced three weeks ago that he was being treated for unspecified cancer after successfully treating the disease twice before his life.
Among those who paid their respects was the Prince of Wales, saying Sax’s “knowledge, scholarship and humanity were not equal.”
Charles says inside A statement: “His profound knowledge has broadened the sacred and secular, and his prophetic voice spoke to our greatest challenges with imperfect insight and boundless compassion. His wise counsel was sought and appreciated by all believers, and he will miss it more than words can say. “
Cardinal Vincent Nichols, a Catholic archbishop in Westminster, “mourns the loss of this great man of the Jewish community worldwide … I have lost a friend, a great leader to the Jewish community, a clear spokesman for humanity.”
The Council of Christians and Jews described Sax as an “important religious leader and intellectual.”
It states: “His books, other writings, lectures and media appearances were followed and admired not only by the Jewish community, millions of Christians, and people of all faiths and none … Inspired for a long time, impressed and touched with his warmth and wisdom. “
Ronald Lauder, president of the World Jewish Congress, said the Jewish world was deeply saddened. Sax was an “outspoken orator and brilliant writer who brought timeless teachings of the Jewish scriptures to both Jews and non-Jews, obliterating Jewish tradition in modern thought … he was also a pillar of honesty.”
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