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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

March 20, 2019 6:59 am

Parshat Tzav: Only Demagogues Teach People to Hate the ‘Other’

This week's sedra, speaking about sacrifices, prohibits the eating of blood: Wherever you live, you must not eat the blood of any bird or animal. If...

March 12, 2019 8:43 am

Parshat Vayikra: How to Find Meaning in Your Life

The US Declaration of Independence speaks of the inalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Recently, following the pioneering work of Martin...

March 5, 2019 8:04 am

Parshat Pekudei: The Origins of Jewish Philanthropy

Pekudei has sometimes been called the accountant’s parsha, because it begins with the audited accounts of the money and materials donated to the Sanctuary. It...

February 26, 2019 9:21 am

Parshat Vayakhel: The Beauty of Holiness — or the Holiness of Beauty?

In Ki Tissa and in Vayakhel, we encounter the figure of Betzalel, a rare type in the Hebrew Bible -- the artist, the craftsman, the...

February 19, 2019 9:13 am

Parshat Ki Tissa: The Jews as a Stiff-Necked People

It is a moment of the very highest drama. The Israelites, a mere 40 days after the greatest revelation in history, have made an idol:...

February 13, 2019 8:46 am

Parshat Tetzaveh: How Brothers Learned to Live in Unity

It is interesting to note the absence of Moses from parshat Tetzaveh. Moses -- the hero, the leader, the liberator, the lawgiver -- is off-stage...

February 6, 2019 9:55 am

Parshat Terumah: The Synagogue as a Portable Home

Parshat Terumah describes the construction of the Tabernacle -- the first collective house of worship in the history of Israel, which was eventually succeeded by the...

January 29, 2019 9:40 am

Parshat Mishpatim: The Torah Commands Us to Love the Stranger and the Immigrant

There are Torah commands that leap off the page by their sheer moral power. So it is in the case of the social legislation in...

January 22, 2019 9:27 am

Parshat Yitro: The Revelation at Mount Sinai Was the Creation of Freedom

The revelation at Mount Sinai -- the central episode not only of parshat Yitro, but of Judaism as a whole -- was unique in the...

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...


Patriots Owner Kraft Apologizes in First Statement Since Charges

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft apologized on Saturday in his first public statement since he was charged for soliciting...

Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner Give Hamentashen to White House Reporters for Purim

Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner gave hamentashen to White House reporters on Wednesday for...

Israel’s Other Founding Fathers and a Vanquished World

Spies of No Country: Secret Lives at the Birth of Israel by Matti Friedman (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2019). “Time...


Albert Einstein’s Brilliance, Humor, and Literal Connection to Israel - One thing is for sure: While the writing on the pages...

Jewish Singer Uses Music to Get Through a Rocky Road

In the age of streaming music, releasing an album with 21 songs might not be the best business move. Giving...

Volunteers Bond with Residents at ‘Special’ Center in the Negev - When Nina Paul first visited ALEH Negev Nahalat-Eran several years ago,...


ADL Expresses Concern Over Antisemitic Incident in New York in Which Jewish...

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has expressed “deep concern” over a recent antisemitic incident in which a Jew in New York...


IDF Positions Hundreds of Soldiers in Gaza Border, Calls Up Limited Reserve... - Reservists for air-defense units and two additional brigades of Israel Defense Forces were called to the Gaza border region...

Middle East

Sources: Royal Adviser Fired Over Khashoggi Murder Absent From Saudi Trial

A Saudi royal adviser fired over the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi is not among the 11 suspects on trial at secretive hearings in Riyadh despite Saudi pledges to bring...