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In a speech celebrating the retirement of Lord Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, Britain's outgoing chief rabbi, Prince Charles said: "Running throughout your time as chief rabbi has been that all-important principle of which this country has long been an exponent – the principle of tolerance. I sometimes fear not enough recognition is given to the role of the faith communities in the life of our country in promoting such a critical principle, and I join with you, in mounting anxiety, at the apparent rise in anti-Semitism, along with other poisonous and debilitating forms of intolerance."
During his speech in central London, the prince said both he and Sacks had reached the official age of retirement, and joked: "I do hope yours is going to be a bit more realistic than mine."
Rabbi Lord Sacks will be stepping down from the post of Chief Rabbi of the United Kingdom's Orthodox communities in August after 22 years.
Sacks, a prolific author on religious and moral issues and an educator and academic before he became chief rabbi has been one of Britain's most prominent religious figures for over two decades and has spoken out on a wide range of ethical and social subjects throughout his term.