ON-Lion Letter

Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks received the highest honor awarded by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, the nation’s premier religious-liberty law firm, at mid-May's 19th anniversary Canterbury Medal Dinner in New York City.

“Perhaps only the Becket Fund could pull off such an event, a glittering evening where men and women of strong (and conflicting) beliefs find common ground without watering down their principles, wrote the New York Post ’s Bill McGurn.

Timothy Cardinal Dolan delivered remarks about the work of the Little Sisters of the Poor.  Bradley Prize recipient Robert P. George presented the medal to Sacks.

“I am deeply honored and humbled to be this year’s recipient of The Canterbury Medal,” said Sacks, Emeritus Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth.   The “Becket Fund’s work has allowed all of us -- Jews, Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, Sikhs, Hindus, people of all faiths -- to come together in the knowledge that we are free to live our deepest convictions in harmony and a spirit of mutual respect.  This enriches the heritage of humankind and has made this world a little freer, allowing each of us, in our own way, to light up the public square with the candle and the flame of faith.”

A video of Sacks' speech is viewable online.

Each year, Becket’s Canterbury Medal is given to an individual who has “most resolutely refused to render to Caesar that which is God’s.”  Sacks is an influential figure in the world religious community and a staunch advocate for Judaism and faith in general.  He is a philosopher and public intellectual, having been awarded 16 honorary degrees and numerous international awards in recognition of his work.  A prolific and respected author, Sacks has published 25 books on Judaism, faith, and philosophy.

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee substantially supports the Becket Fund.

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