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Ted Talks We Need to Hear-Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks & Megan Phelps-Roper

Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks and Megan Phelps-Roper come from two different worlds. Rabbi Sacks is the former Chief Rabbi of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth, a politician and a respected speaker. Megan Phelps-Roper was raised in the Westboro Baptist Church. The granddaughter of the head of the church, Megan and her sister made the decision to leave their home and their church as adults.

I watched both of their Ted Talks speeches a few minutes ago. Both were illuminating and potentially life changing.


While both Rabbi Sacks and Megan spoke of different things, the conclusion that they came to separately is that we need to not only think of others, but extend our hands in friendship to those who are different. If we stay only in our communities with people who think and believe as we do, not only will we not grow, but our world will not become to better place we say that we want it to be.

The reality is that no person is an island. There are millions of people around us and until we truly work together a human beings, the better place that we say we want to be at will only continue to be a pipe dream.

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Last night, I had the pleasure of seeing Lord Rabbi Jonathan Sacks speak.

His reputation as a public speaker precedes him. I was very happy that his reputation is not built on thin air.

He spoke of two things which made perfect sense.

The first is that we must build the future before we can go back to the past.

The second is that there would no war if we thought first of our grandchildren instead of the hurts that our grandparents experienced.

If anyone has the opportunity to hear him speak live, I highly recommend it. It was an incredible experience that I don’t think I will forget for a long time.

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