“With liberal democracy embattled, public discourse grown toxic, family life breaking down, and drug abuse and depression on the rise, many fear what the future holds.
“In Morality, respected faith leader and public intellectual Jonathan Sacks traces today’s crisis to our loss of a strong, shared moral code and our elevation of self-interest over the common good. We have outsourced morality to the market and the state, but neither is capable of showing us how to live. Sacks leads readers from ancient Greece to the Enlightenment to the present day to show that there is no liberty without morality and no freedom without responsibility, arguing that we all must play our part in rebuilding a common moral foundation.
“A major work of moral philosophy, Morality is an inspiring vision of a world in which we can all find our place and face the future without fear.”
Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, z’l, Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth from 1991 to 2013, passed away on November 7, 2020. His death deprived the world of one of the great teachers of Torah and moral wisdom. So great was his vision and voice that it was not uncommon to hear our Christian friends remark: “I wish he were the Archbishop of Canterbury.” His website is a valuable resource for his teachings.
The watch is an Art Deco inspired Waltham from the 1940s left to me by my beloved father, Rabbi Chaplin Abraham Avrech, z’l.