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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

October 17, 2019 6:09 am

The Torah Is a Way to See the World

When I was Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth, I had wonderful friendships with other religious leaders, not least the two...

October 10, 2019 6:23 am

The Message of the Torah: ‘Out of the One, Many’

In the glorious song with which Moses addresses the people, he invites them to think of the Torah -- their covenant with God -- as...

October 3, 2019 6:49 am

The Torah as God’s Song

At the end of his life, having given the Israelites at God’s behest 612 commandments, Moses gave them the final mitzvah: “Now therefore write down...

September 25, 2019 8:03 am

Why Do Jews Drift Away From Judaism?

When I was a student at university in the late 1960s -- the era of student protests, psychedelic drugs, and the Beatles meditating with the...

September 24, 2019 8:28 am

The Jews Are a Nation of Storytellers

Howard Gardner, professor of education and psychology at Harvard University, is one of the great minds of our time. He is best known for his...

September 16, 2019 7:08 am

Animal Welfare in Judaism

The parsha of Ki Teitse is about relationships: between men and women, parents and children, employers and employees, lenders and borrowers. Strikingly, though, it is...

September 9, 2019 5:51 am

The Torah and the Ecological Imperative

In the course of setting out the laws of war, the Torah adds a seemingly minor detail that became the basis of a much wider...

September 5, 2019 6:30 am

Parshat Re’eh: The Only Way to Be Happy Is to Share Happiness With Others

If we were to ask what key word epitomizes the society Jews were to make in the Promised Land, several concepts would come to mind:...

August 26, 2019 7:11 am

Why Jews Must Remember History

In Eikev, Moses sets out a political doctrine of such wisdom that it can never become redundant or obsolete. He does it by way of...

August 20, 2019 4:37 am

Parshat Va’etchanan: Why the Jewish People Are So Small

Near the end of parshat Va’etchanan is a statement with such far-reaching implications that it challenges the impression that has prevailed thus far in the...

August 12, 2019 9:49 am

In Judaism, Teachers Are the Heroes

Imagine the following scenario: You are 119 years and 11 months old. The end of your life is in sight. Your hopes have received devastating...

August 5, 2019 6:54 am

The Torah and the Religious Significance of Israel

In this week's parsha, the long journey is nearing its close. The Jordan is almost within sight. We have read the long itinerary of stops...

August 1, 2019 11:47 am

Taking a New Look at the Book of Deuteronomy

Below is an excerpt from the book Covenant & Conversation: A Weekly Reading of the Jewish Bible, Vol V: Deuteronomy: Renewal of the Sinai Covenant,...

July 29, 2019 6:30 am

Parshat Matot: Judaism Believes That Children Are the Future

The Israelites were almost within sight of the Promised Land. They had successfully waged their first battles. They had just won a victory over the...


Severe Storm Flattens Sukkahs From New Jersey to Boston

A fierce wind and rainstorm wreaked havoc on sukkahs from New Jersey to Boston, leaving a path of destruction that...

Saluting One of the Last Living Heroes of Israel’s Fight for Independence - When Harold “Smoky” Simon grins at you, it’s hard to remember...

Sukkot: A Jewish Thanksgiving - Sukkot is akin to a Jewish Thanksgiving. On Thanksgiving in America, no matter their religion or background, families...


‘The Canary in the Coalmine of Global Hatred’: UN Special Rappo...

The UN’s Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief presented his findings on the rise of antisemitism to the...


Pontius Pilate Built Jerusalem’s ‘Pilgrimage Road,’ Say Israeli Archa... - Archaeologists now believe that Jerusalem’s “Pilgrimage Road” was built by none other than Pontius Pilate, the infamous Roman governor...

Middle East

For Syrian Kurds, a Leader’s Killing Deepens Sense of US Betrayal

Kurdish politician Hevrin Khalaf spent the final months of her life building a political party that she hoped would help shape Syria's future, drawing the attention of US officials who...

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