Jonathan Sacks, a former rabbi, was buried in a small ceremony on Sunday, less than 24 hours after his death from declared cancer, according to Jewish custom.
This service is performed under Covid government guidelines, ie up to 30 people. The funeral of such a famous figure in the Jewish community would have attracted hundreds or thousands of visitors during a time without a pandemic.
Sacks, 72, was the chief Orthodox rabbi for 22 years until 2013, and was appointed co-network in 2009. His Thought for the Day programs are regularly aired on BBC Today. Radio 4 and articles ensured that his views on values and society reached far beyond the Jewish community.
Three weeks ago, he announced that he was being treated for an unknown cancer, after two successful treatments for the disease earlier in his life.
The Prince of Wales was among those honored, saying that “Sacks’ wisdom, scholarship and humanity are unmatched”.
Charles said in a statement: “His immense learning spans both sacred and secular, and his prophetic voice speaks to our greatest challenges with insight. and boundless compassion. His wise counsel has been sought and appreciated by people of all faiths, and he will be left out more than words can be said. “
Boris Johnson, Keir Starmer and Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, delivered their tributes after the announcement of Sacks’ death over the weekend.
Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Catholic Archbishop of Westminster, expressed his grief to “the Jewish community around the world about the loss of this great man … I have lost a friend, community. Jewish a great leader, humanity an eloquent spokesman. “
The Council of Christians and Jews describes Sacks as a “lofty intellectual and religious leader”.
It says: “His books, other articles, sermons and media appearances have been watched and admired not only by the Jewish community but by millions of Christians, and by those who belong to all faiths and nobody else… His influence will persist for many years to come through the many people he inspires, influences and touches with his warmth and wisdom. “
Ronald Lauder, president of the Jewish World Congress, said the Jewish world was deeply saddened. Sacks is a “brilliant orator and a brilliant author who brings the timeless teachings of the Jewish Bible to both Jews and non-Jews, combining Jewish tradition. with modern thought… He is also a pillar of integrity. ”