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Rabbi Jonathan Sacks is the former chief rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth. He currently serves as the Ingeborg and Ira Rennert Global Distinguished Professor at New York University.

ARTICLES BY: Jonathan Sacks

January 16, 2019 8:19 am

Parshat Beshalach: Rational Explanations for Miracles Don’t Take Away Their Wonders

The splitting of the Red Sea is engraved in Jewish memory. We recite it daily during the morning service, and we speak of it again...

January 9, 2019 9:33 am

Parshat Bo: The True Meaning of the Plague of Darkness

The ninth plague -- darkness -- comes shrouded in a darkness of its own. What is this plague doing here? It seems out of sequence....

January 1, 2019 10:25 am

Parshat Vaera: The God Who Acts in History

The Israelites were at their lowest ebb. They had been enslaved. A decree had been issued that every male child was to be killed. Moses...

December 26, 2018 9:09 am

The Story of Moses — and Why We Must Never Consider All People Our ‘Enemies’

She is one of the most unexpected heroes of the Hebrew Bible. Without her, Moses might not have lived. The whole story of the exodus...

December 19, 2018 8:10 am

Parshat Vayechi: If We Truly Change, Our Mistakes Can Become Our Merits

The scene that brings the book of Genesis to a close is intensely significant. Joseph’s brothers were terrified that, after the death of their father...

December 12, 2018 8:49 am

Parshat Vayigash: Does My Father Love Me?

It is one of the great questions we naturally ask each time we read the story of Joseph: Why did he not, at some time...

December 5, 2018 8:15 am

Parshat Mikketz: Talking to Non-Jews About God

The story of Joseph is one of those rare narratives in the Tanach in which a Jew comes to play a prominent part in a...

November 29, 2018 12:15 pm

Parashat Vayeshev: Refusing Comfort and Keeping Hope

The deception has already taken place. Joseph has been sold into slavery. His brothers dipped his coat in blood. They bring it back to their...

November 23, 2018 9:48 am

Parshat Vayishlach: Physical Fear and Moral Distress

In this week's parsha, 22 years have passed since Jacob fled his brother, penniless and alone, and since Esau swore revenge for what he saw...

November 13, 2018 11:52 am

Parshat Vayetse: When the ‘I’ Is Silent

This week’s parsha relates a powerful, primal vision of prayer: Jacob, alone and far from home, lies down for the night, with only stones for a pillow....

November 7, 2018 10:13 am

Parshat Toldot: The Courage of Persistence

There is a strange passage in the life of Isaac, ominous in its foreshadowing of much of later Jewish history. Like Abraham, Isaac finds himself...

October 30, 2018 2:10 pm

Parshat Chayei Sarah: On Judaism and Islam

The language of the Torah is, in Erich Auerbach’s famous phrase, “fraught with background.” Behind the events that are openly told are shadowy stories left...

October 23, 2018 8:17 am

Parshat Vayera: Sometimes We Must Put Humans Before God

God appeared to Abraham by the oaks of Mamre, as he sat at the entrance to his tent in the heat of the day. He...

October 18, 2018 9:25 am

Parshat Lech Lecha: Having the Strength to Move Forward Alone

Within the first words that God addresses to the bearer of a new covenant, there are already hints as to the nature of the heroism...


Meet the Two Most Optimistic People in the Entire Middle East

“You are sitting here, probably, with the two most optimistic people probably in the entire Middle East,” says Sami Saadi,...

Places to Visit in Israel If You Really Want to Learn Its History

Are you or a family member traveling to Israel in 2019? Are you looking for something more than the average...

In New Initiative, Yad Vashem Tackles 21st Century Antisemitism - It is American teachers like Lori Fulton who, with their commitment to Holocaust education, are poised to be...


Senator Lindsey Graham: A Rash US Pullout from Syria Will Create ‘Ira...

US Senator Lindsey Graham said on Saturday he hoped President Donald Trump would slow the US withdrawal from Syria until...


Man Charged with Murder of Israeli Exchange Student in Melbourne

A 20-year-old man was charged on Saturday with the murder of Israeli student Aiia Maasarwe in Melbourne amidst an outrage over violence against women in Australia's second-largest city. Maasarwe, 21, an...

Middle East

Lebanon’s Foreign Minister Calls for Syria’s Return to Arab Lea...

Lebanon's Caretaker Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil called on Friday for reinstating Syria into the Arab League. "Syria should return to us ... Syria...