Audio: The Views of Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks

The Collective Cerebral Lession of Jews Today How to Reconnect Worldly Knowledge & Torah.
6/27/2010, 10:21 PM

A7 Radio's "Walter's World" with Walter Bingham
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In a lecture delivered before 1500 people at Jerusalem’s Great Synagogue, the Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the  Commonwealth Lord Sacks ,said that despite the great achievements of Jews in many fields including  Science, Literature Medicine and more, we do no longer seem to understand  the reason for the creation: The greater universe. And without that general knowledge, the Chochmah, common to all humanity, which we have to respect, we cannot apply the essence of Judaism, the  teachings of our Torah to everyday situations, yet to which it adequately lends itself. On the one hand we have an abundance of great general minds - and on the other, more people study Torah than ever, yet the two are not being combined. Rabbi Sacks calls that the collective cerebral lesion of the Jewish mind. Also: Walter’s World visits the fascinating Jewish Cultural Museum in Jerusalem.

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Walter Bingham was born in Germany. Just days before the outbreak of WWII, with the help of a Zionist youth movement he was selected for a place on the ‘Kindertransport’ to Great Britain. Walter saw front line action during the Normandy invasion of Europe and was awarded the Military Medal for ‘Bravery in the Field’. In England Walter also acted in films including several Harry Potter films. On the day of his Aliyah in August 2004 he transferred his programme ‘Walter’s World’ to Israel National Radio as a weekly Magazine programme and it has been running here regularly ever since. Walter is an accomplished public speaker and was a member of a visiting panel of lecturers at schools throughout the UK, where he spoke on events in the Third Reich. He has also spoken at schools in the USA and addressed audiences in Israel.
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