A Rabbi’s Error

Patrick Henry Reardon on Jonathan Sacks’s Mistake About Christians

In his more than twenty scholarly books, Rabbi Jonathan Sacks has certainly demonstrated his credentials as a bright light in contemporary Judaism. I value him especially as a sensible and irenic spokesman for Jewish self-understanding.

In this respect, his most recent work, Future Tense: Jews, Judaism, and Israel in the Twenty-First Century, does not disappoint. (This is an intriguing title, by the way. In the expression “future tense,” which word is the noun and which the adjective? The book’s content indicates it can be understood either way!)

In order to speculate usefully on Judaism’s future, Sacks believes it is important to begin with its past, especially the extraordinary phenomenon . . .

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Patrick Henry Reardon is pastor of All Saints Antiochian Orthodox Church in Chicago, Illinois. He is the author of Christ in the Psalms, Christ in His Saints, and The Trial of Job (all from Conciliar Press). He is a senior editor of Touchstone.

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