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"A perfect storm is in the making: financial uncertainty economic downturn government cuts rising unemployment and a future that looks less clear the more we try to fathom it."


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"A society in which there are high levels of voluntary activity will simply be a better happier place than one where there are not."


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"A survey carried out across the U.S. between 2004 and 2006 showed that frequent church- or synagogue-goers are more likely to give money to charity."


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"Yom Kippur the Day of Atonement is the holy of holies of Jewish time. It is that rarest of phenomena a Jewish festival without food. Instead it is a day of fasting and prayer introspection and self-judgment when collectively and repeatedly we confess our sins and pray to be written into Gods Book of Life."


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"Since Hiroshima and the Holocaust science no longer holds its pristine place as the highest moral authority. Instead that role is taken by human rights. It follows that any assault on Jewish life - on Jews or Judaism or the Jewish state - must be cast in the language of human rights."


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"While we can remember the past we cannot write the future. Only our children the future of our community can do that."


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"In virtually every Western society in the 1960s there was a moral revolution an abandonment of its entire traditional ethic of self-restraint."


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"In an ecology of love people can relate in trust and face the future without fear. They do not need to play it safe. They can take uncertainty in their stride."


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"Freedom begins with what we teach our children. That is why Jews became a people whose passion is education whose heroes are teachers and whose citadels are schools."


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"Britain relative to the U.S. is a highly secular society. Philanthropy alone cannot fill the gap left by government cutbacks. And the sources of altruism go deep into our evolutionary past."


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"The message of Passover remains as powerful as ever. Freedom is won not on the battlefield but in the classroom and the home. Teach your children the history of freedom if you want them never to lose it."


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"Religiosity turns out to be the best indicator of civic involvement: its more accurate than education age income gender or race."


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"The world we build tomorrow is born in the stories we tell our children today. Politics moves the pieces. Education changes the game."


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"Religion survives because it answers three questions that every reflective person must ask. Who am I? Why am I here? How then shall I live?"


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"Much can and must be done by governments but they cannot of themselves change lives."


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"Stabilizing the euro is one thing healing the culture that surrounds it is another. A world in which material values are everything and spiritual values nothing is neither a stable state nor a good society. The time has come for us to recover the Judeo-Christian ethic of human dignity in the image of God."


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"Science will explain how but not why. It talks about what is not what ought to be. Science is descriptive not prescriptive it can tell us about causes but it cannot tell us about purposes. Indeed science disavows purposes."


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"The royals - all of them especially Prince Philip and Prince Charles - have done outstanding work with the faith communities."


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"We are biological creatures. We are born we live we die. There is no transcendent purpose to existence. At best we are creatures of reason and by using reason we can cure ourselves of emotional excess. Purged of both hope and fear we find courage in the face of helplessness insignificance and uncertainty."


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"While everyone else is thinking about economics and politics executive salaries and the future of the euro do the opposite even if its hard. Invest in the spirit."


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"Religion is the best antidote to the individualism of the consumer age. The idea that society can do without it flies in the face of history and now evolutionary biology."


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"Gods forgiveness allows us to be honest with ourselves. We recognize our imperfections admit our failures and plead to God for clemency."


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"If you want a free society teach your children what oppression tastes like. Tell them how many miracles it takes to get from here to there. Above all encourage them to ask questions. Teach them to think for themselves."


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"In thinking about religion and society in the 21st century we should broaden the conversation about faith from doctrinal debates to the larger question of how it might inspire us to strengthen the bonds of belonging that redeem us from our solitude helping us to construct together a gracious and generous social order."


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"Part of the beauty of Judaism and surely this is so for other faiths also is that it gently restores control over time. Three times a day we stop what we are doing and turn to God in prayer. We recover perspective. We inhale a deep breath of eternity."


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"Which European leader today would not relish the wonder-working powers of a Moses? Budget deficit? Unpopular cuts? How about just a little miracle an overnight increase in gold reserves a new oil field or the next world-changing communications technology? Surely thats not too much to ask."


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"We need to rediscover the idea of the common good and work together to build a home."


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"Jews survived all the defeats expulsions persecutions and pogroms the centuries in which they were regarded as a pariah people even the Holocaust itself because they never gave up the faith that one day they would be free to live as Jews without fear."


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"Jews read the books of Moses not just as history but as divine command. The question to which they are an answer is not What happened? but rather How then shall I live? And its only with the exodus that the life of the commands really begins."


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"Jews know this in their bones. Our community could not exist for a day without its volunteers. They are the lifeblood of our organizations whether they involve welfare youth education care of the sick and elderly or even protection against violence and abuse."


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"Some years ago there was a study to discover the most stressful occupation. It turned out not to be the head of a large business football manager or prime minister but rather: bus driver."


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"Jews have deep respect for the Queen and the royal family. We say a prayer for them every Sabbath in synagogue. We recite a special blessing on seeing the Queen."


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"We from every religion feel comfortable in Britain because there is a host. The Church of England is a good host it has been a major force in shaping England into such a tolerant society."


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"Food prices are often kept artificially high. The result is that the Millennium Development Goals set out by the United Nations at the start of the new millennium are not being reached. Fine words have not yet been turned into deeds."


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"Religion creates community community creates altruism and altruism turns us away from self and towards the common good... There is something about the tenor of relationships within a religious community that makes it the best tutorial in citizenship and good neighborliness."


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"Dreams are where we visit the many lands and landscapes of human possibility and discover the one where we feel at home. The great religious leaders were all dreamers."


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"Theres always hope. You can lose everything else in the world but Jews never lose hope."


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"If the history of the Day of Atonement has anything to say to us now it is: never relieve individuals of moral responsibility. The more we have the more we grow."


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"We believe that what we possess we dont ultimately own. God is merely entrusting it to us. And one of the conditions of that trust is that we share what we have with those who have less. So if you dont give to people in need you can hardly call yourself a Jew. Even the most unbelieving Jew knows that."


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"Follow your passion. Nothing - not wealth success accolades or fame - is worth spending a lifetime doing things you dont enjoy."


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"Europe is dying. That is one of the unsayable truths of our time. We are undergoing the moral equivalent of climate change and no one is talking about it."


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"Governments cannot make marriages or turn feckless individuals into responsible citizens. That needs another kind of change agent."


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"Whole communities are growing up without fathers or male role models. Bringing up a family in the best of circumstances is not easy. To try to do it by placing the entire burden on women - 91% of single-parent families in Britain are headed by the mother according to census data - is practically absurd and morally indefensible."


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"The faith religious believers have in God is small compared to the faith people put in politicians knowing how many times they have been disappointed in the past but still insisting that this time it will be different."


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"In the post-enlightenment Europe of the 19th century the highest authority was no longer the Church. Instead it was science. Thus was born racial anti-Semitism based on two disciplines regarded as science in their day - the scientific study of race and the Social Darwinism of Herbert Spencer and Ernst Haeckel."


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"Focus on the mind and the soul. Read. Study. Enrol in a course of lectures. Pray. Become a member of a religious congregation. Study the Bible or other ancient works of wisdom."


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"The Jewish festival of freedom is the oldest continuously observed religious ritual in the world. Across the centuries Passover has never lost its power to inspire the imagination of successive generations of Jews with its annually re-enacted drama of slavery and liberation."


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"Frequent worshippers are also significantly more active citizens. They are more likely to belong to community organizations especially those concerned with young people health arts and leisure neighborhood and civic groups and professional associations."


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"To defend a country you need an army but to defend a civilization you need education."


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"True freedom requires the rule of law and justice and a judicial system in which the rights of some are not secured by the denial of rights to others."


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"Make space in your life for the things that matter for family and friends love and generosity fun and joy. Without this you will burn out in mid-career and wonder where your life went."


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"We do not always appreciate the role the Queen has played in one of the most significant changes in the past 60 years: the transformation of Britain into a multi-ethnic multi-faith society. No one does interfaith better than the Royal family and it starts with the Queen herself."


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"The people of Israel are entitled as is any other nation to live in peace and safety."


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"What creates freedom? A revolution in the streets? Mass protest? Civil war? A change of government? The ousting of the old guard and its replacement by the new? History more often than not shows that hopes raised by such events are often dashed sooner rather than later."


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"Since the 18th century many Western intellectuals have predicted religions imminent demise."


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"If we are to negotiate the coming years safely we may need a new kind of leadership. To put it more precisely we need the rediscovery of an ancient kind of leadership that has rarely been given the prominence it deserves. I mean the leader as teacher."


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"Freedom is not won by merely overthrowing a tyrannical ruler or an oppressive regime. That is usually only the prelude to a new tyranny a new oppression."


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"Technology gives us power but it does not and cannot tell us how to use that power. Thanks to technology we can instantly communicate across the world but it still doesnt help us know what to say."


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