Yeshiva University has announced that it will honor UK Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks as the inaugural recipient of the Norman Lamm Prize. The prize pays homage to Rabbi Dr. Norman Lamm, who served as YU's president for 27 years.
“There can be no better way to inaugurate the Lamm Prize than to award it to Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, who as a teacher, preacher and philosopher echoes and harmonizes the values of Dr. Lamm through his commitment to Torah U'maddah, and his belief in the ability of young people to build a future based on sacred nuance and steadfast principles,” said YU president Richard Joel.
Chief Rabbi Sacks has served in his position in United Kingdom for more than 18 years. He has written several books, is a visiting professor of theology at King's College London, has received the Jerusalem Prize for his contribution to Jewish life in the Diaspora, and was knighted by the Queen of England.
Rabbi Sacks' weekly Dvar Torah and audio on the Sabbath Torah reading is featured on INN's Judaism section every week. (for current essay, press here).
The prize will be bestowed upon Rabbi Sacks during an assembly next Tuesday, March 16, at Yeshiva University in New York City. Rabbi Sacks will address attendees at the award ceremony. He will remain at the university for several days, during which he plans to address high school students, hold a question and answer session, and spend the Sabbath on the campus.
Aside from creating the Lamm Prize, YU has decided to honor Rabbi Lamm by creating a physical testiment to his work. The Lamm Heritage has set up a mix of textual and visual displays and the Lamm Archives, through which visitors can access Rabbi Lamm's scholarly works, including audio and video footage of his lectures.
"Celebrating Dr. Norman Lamm is in many ways celebrating the best that is within us and the best that we want to be,” Joel explained.