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Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks is the former chief rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth. The author of over 30 books, he can be followed on social media at @RabbiSacks or at

ARTICLES BY: Jonathan Sacks

May 26, 2020 6:33 am

The Blessing of Love

I confess to a thrill every time I read these words: Tell Aaron and his sons, This is how you are to bless the Israelites. Say...

May 19, 2020 5:20 am

Equality Begins With Education

The parsha of Bamidbar is generally read on the Shabbat before Shavuot, z’man matan torateinu -- “the time of the giving of our law,” the...

May 12, 2020 6:18 am

The Power of a Curse: the Need for Deterrence

The book of Vayikra draws to a close by outlining the blessings that will follow if the people are faithful to their covenant with God....

May 7, 2020 5:20 am

Parshat Emor and Coronavirus: The Only Guarantee Is Uncertainty

There is something very strange about the festival of Sukkot, on which our parsha is the primary source. On the one hand, it is the...

April 28, 2020 7:13 am

The Ethic of Holiness

Kedoshim contains the two great love commands of the Torah. The first is, “Love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord” (Lev. 19:18). Rabbi Akiva called...

April 21, 2020 5:53 am

A Lesson from the Torah: Vilification and Evil Speech Are Destroying the World

At the risk of disclosing a spoiler, I would like to begin this week’s Covenant & Conversation by discussing the 2019 film A Beautiful Day...

April 17, 2020 9:38 am

Parshat Shemini: How Judaism Warned of Climate Change and Other Dangers

The story of Nadav and Avihu, Aaron’s two eldest sons who died on the day the Sanctuary was dedicated, is one of the most tragic...

April 1, 2020 8:01 am

Parshat Tzav: Left- and Right-Brain Judaism

The institution of the Haftorah -- reading a passage from the prophetic literature alongside the Torah portion -- is an ancient one, dating back at...

March 25, 2020 8:15 am

Anyone Who Mistreats Other Human Beings Is Not a Pious or Religious Jew

Sacrifices, the subject of this week’s parsha, were central to the religious life of Biblical Israel. We see this not only by the sheer space...

March 18, 2020 6:28 am

This Week’s Parsha: Communities and Crowds

Melanie Reid is a journalist who writes a regular column for London's The Times. A quadriplegic with a wry lack of self-pity, she calls her...

March 10, 2020 5:16 am

Parhsat Ki Tissa: Moses Annuls a Vow

Kol Nidre, the prayer said at the beginning of Yom Kippur, is an enigma wrapped in a mystery, perhaps the strangest text ever to capture...

March 5, 2020 8:14 am

Parshat Tetzaveh: Dressing to Impress

Tetzaveh, with its elaborate description of the “sacred vestments” which the Priests and the High Priest wore “for glory and for splendor,” seems to run...

February 25, 2020 9:23 am

What Do We Receive When We Give?

The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Tell the Israelites to take an offering for Me; take My offering from all whose heart moves them to...

February 18, 2020 8:15 am

Parshat Mishpatim: We Must Understand in Our Own Way

Two words we read toward the end of our parsha -- na’aseh ve-nishma, “We will do and we will hear” -- are among the most...


‘Your People Will Be My People’: A Shavuot Shout-Out to Ruth’s ‘Daughters’ - “You shall love the convert, for you were strangers in the...

One New York Family’s Story of Surviving Coronavirus - For Sarit Haviv, 53, of Mill Basin in Brooklyn, New York, the toughest part of having COVID-19 was...


Qatar’s Al Jazeera Network Broadcasts Islamist Cleric’s Appeal ...

The Qatar-owned satellite network Al Jazeera broadcast a crudely antisemitic interview with a leading Muslim cleric who called for the...


WHO Chief Tedros Speaks With New Israeli Health Minister Edelstein About &#...

The head of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, spoke by phone on Wednesday with Israel’s new health minister,...

Middle East

Islamic State Calls COVID-19 God’s Punishment for Foes: Tape

Islamic State (IS) said the coronavirus pandemic was divine punishment for its enemies, according to an audio broadcast on Thursday, where the jihadists also vowed more attacks. The person on the...

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