The test of faith is whether I can make space for difference. Can I recognize God’s image in someone who is not in my image, whose language, faith, ideal, are different from mine? If I cannot, then I have made God in my image – Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks zt”l, 1948-2020

Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks on difference

Thanks for sharing this!

I love this quote. It bothers me a lot when people judge others and don’t accept them. Be whomever you want to be. And accept others. If you believe in any consciousness or source of the universe you’ll believe we’re all the same energy. We’re all one. No matter the differences.

Rest in peace. Baruch Dayan Haemet.

10 thoughts on “Reblog: Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks on difference

  1. “…Adonai Echad…” really says it all (and is the main reason I converted to Judaism).
    Eliza, at its’ core, our religion gives us all the tools we need to transcend the painful noises in our minds. I am a convert to Reformed Judaism and I start my day with the Shema, just to remind myself that no matter what mental storms come my way, parts of me still basking in the sunshine, can be my anchor to joy. Love to you, Dr. Bob

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  2. Vast differences, of course, both in appearances and sometimes, in perspectives. That’s what keeps things interesting and dynamic.

    What unifies all, though, and what smooths the distinctions, is the need to love and to be loved. Acceptance, yes. Which isn’t always the same as agreement.

    It’s remarkable, really, how we all want the same things, but just differ on the best means of achieving them. Understand that, and you’ve gone a long way toward accepting everyone.

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    1. We can all disagree all we like. Who cares what something thinks, feels, acts (unless harmful), looks like, believes. Male, female or anything else. Old, young. Whatever size or height. Whatever colour or money. Whatever country or beliefs. You’re all one…. I can like summer best – I don’t- you can like winter best – do you? – and WHO CARES? We’re all one either way. And we’re all from the same. So like, love and live. Rant over.

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  3. I love this post – thank you so much for sharing it.
    Someone once pointed out to me that by getting upset by those who judge, I’m judging a well. I try to let it all slide, but it’s hard.
    This quote is just so spot on.

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    1. Hmm. Not true. There’s two meanings to the word judgement and I wish I remembered her exact words as she said it really well. But basically every person judges as in uses their eyes and everything to see who someone else is. It was a therapist talking about judging a client. But a therapist can’t judge in the way of making a moral evaluation and thinking this person is good or bad. I can see a behaviour and think the behaviour isn’t right, without judging or applying any thoughts to the person.

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