Prince Charles has “profound personal sorrow” at the death of former Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks aged 72.
The heir to the throne, who attended the 2013 handover ceremony from Lord Sacks to his successor Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, shared his tribute on Sunday through social media.
This comes after heartfelt tributes poured in from across the Jewish community and around the globe, following an announcement that the faith leader, educator, academic and author had lost his battle with cancer.
A friend of Rabbi Lord Sacks, the Prince of Wales said it “was with the most profound personal sorrow that I heard of the death of Rabbi Lord Sacks.
“With his passing, the Jewish community, our nation and the entire world have lost a leader whose wisdom, scholarship and humanity were without equal.
“His immense learning spanned the sacred and the secular, and his prophetic voice spoke to our greatest challenges with unfailing insight and boundless compassion.
“His wise counsel was sought and appreciated by those of all faiths and none, and he will be missed more than any words can say. Although Rabbi Lord Sacks’ death is a cause of the greatest possible sadness, we give thanks for the immeasurable contribution which – in the tradition of the most revered teachers of the Jewish people – he made to all our lives. I send my deepest condolences to his family.
A message from The Prince of Wales on the passing of Rabbi Lord Sacks. pic.twitter.com/0at7g9BWsP
— The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall (@ClarenceHouse) November 8, 2020