Rav Jonathan Sacks, former chief rabbi of Great Britain and a prominent contemporary intellectual, met with the Jews of Florence in an event organized by the local branch of the Chassidic movement Chabad-Lubavitch. He was introduced by the Chabad emissary rav Levi Wolwowsky.
“Take risks and work hard. And if you want to be a leader, hold a long-term vision, don’t be afraid of going against the general trend. This is what makes a difference and has been the strength of the Jewish people for centuries and millennia. This is our prerogative. Don’t forget, good leaders are those who manage to have many followers. But great leaders are those who are capable of forming other leaders”, the rabbi pointed out.
The event was divided into two parts, a brief lecture on Pesach and a questions and answers session, where the young people of the Community and the foreign students studying abroad in Florence were especially active.
“We are facing challenging times, we know. It is enough to open a newspaper or watch the news to know. However, never before in history have the Jews enjoyed the opportunities that our generation is enjoying. There a sovereign Jewish State, and also in the Diaspora Jews are protagonists in society, with full rights. It is therefore a fecund time to carry on our mission and offer our contribution to society”.