To presume to properly eulogize Rabbi Jonathan Sacks is to reach for something clearly beyond grasp. To appropriate an idea that Rabbi Norman Lamm said when Rav Soloveitchik passed away, only Rabbi Jonathan Sacks could possibly deliver a eulogy worthy of Rabbi Jonathan Sacks.
However, Rabbi Sacks was a teacher and mentor of mine – and I must make the attempt to honor him in appreciation of what I learned from him.
Like many American Jews, I first encountered Rabbi Sacks through his writings.
After graduating law school, I delayed beginning work at a New York City law firm to return to Yeshiva University and study Torah full-time, for the first half of the year at the Gruss Kollel in Jerusalem and the second half at YU’s main campus in Washington Heights.