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March 03, 2016

Rabbi Who Fought Extremism Wins $1.5 Million Templeton Prize

Jonathan Sacks, the former chief rabbi of Britain, was awarded the 2016 Templeton Prize Wednesday for his efforts to counter religious extremism and promote tolerance across faiths, Reuters and The New York Times write. The $1.5 million award, presented annually by the John Templeton Foundation, recognizes work that affirms "life's spiritual dimension" and is one of the world's largest philanthropic awards for individual achievement.

Mr. Sacks served as the spiritual leader of British Jews from 1991 to 2013 and spoke out against the spread of religious violence while bemoaning secularization in Western societies. The Templeton Prize was founded by the late investor John Templeton; past winners include Desmond Tutu, the Dalai Lama, and Mother Teresa.