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Making Jews Count: Rabbi Sacks on “The Jewish Algorithm”

Date: Sunday, Aug. 15 | 11:00 AM–12:30 PM EDT

At the 2017 Olami Summit (the global gathering for Jewish campus and young professional communities) in London, Rabbi Jonathan Sacks addressed over 1400 young Jewish leaders from over 100 organizations based in more than 20 countries around the world. He spoke to them about what Judaism means to him and why it should mean a great deal to them. This 20-minute speech proved so powerful and popular that Rabbi Sacks took a 10-minute excerpt presenting an idea he called “The Jewish Algorithm” and reposted it in 2020, addressing Jewish high school and university students who were unable to attend their graduation ceremonies in person due to the global pandemic. He wrote “I want to share a version of a 2017 speech I gave about “The Jewish Algorithm” because I believe it contains some crucial messages as you continue on your journey. Think of it as my commencement speech to you all! Mazal tov!” In this seminar we will analyze the full speech, exploring what Judaism meant to Rabbi Sacks and what he thought it should mean to us.

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