'I have tried to say what happiness is, how we make it, how we lose it, and how we sometimes walk past it without recognising it. Happiness isn't somewhere else, it's where we are. It isn't something we don't have, we do. It isn't fantasy, it's reality experienced in a certain way. Happiness is a close relative of faith' Following the painful loss of his father, Chief Rabbi Sacks began to learn how to celebrate life in a new way. He discovered where happiness lives, often in unexpected places, through family, community, friendship and responsibilities. He also found it through a renewed relationship with God who speaks to our deepest needs. Based, in part, on his columns in the Times newspaper, Celebrating Life is for people of all faiths and none. It shows us how to be human and in becoming so how we can touch the divine.
Dr Jonathan Sacks has been Chief Rabbi of Britain and the Commonwealth since 1991. A writer and broadcaster, he is the author of The Politics of Hope and The Dignity of Difference. He lives London.
Foreword by Ruth Gledhill; 1. Making a Blessing over Life; 2. Affirmations in Unexpected Places; 3. Where Happiness Lives; 4. Finding God; 5. Faith in the Family; 6. The Moral Voice; 7. Communities of Faith; 8. Faith and Friendship; 9. From Optimism to Hope.