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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 www.RabbiSacks.org.

ARTICLES BY: Jonathan Sacks


September 8, 2020 7:07 am
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Parshat Nitzavim: How to Renew a Nation

The Talmud gives an ingenious reading to the line, “Moses commanded us a Torah, as a heritage of the congregation of Israel.” Noting that there...

September 1, 2020 5:31 am
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Parshat Ki Tavo: Be Silent and Listen

During our first coronavirus lockdown, there was one question I was asked more than any other: What about prayer? Just when we needed it the...

August 26, 2020 4:00 am
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Parshat Ki Teitse: Does Love Conquer All?

Our parsha this week contains more laws than any other. Some of them have generated much study and debate, especially two at the beginning --...

August 19, 2020 5:17 am
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A Sage Is Greater Than a Prophet

In parshat Shoftim, Moses speaks about the great institutions of Judaism: courts, judges, officers, Kings, Priests, Levites, and Prophets. In the case of the Prophet,...

August 12, 2020 5:09 am
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The Good Society Is One Whose Leaders and People Behave Morally

Moses, having set out the prologue and preamble to the covenant and its broad guiding principles, now turns to the details, which occupy the greater...

August 5, 2020 4:38 am
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Chessed Is the Highest Achievement of the Moral Life

An interesting phrase appears at the end of last week’s parsha and at the beginning of this week’s, and they are the only places where...

July 28, 2020 5:08 am
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Parshat Va’etchanan: The Infinite Game

The popular author and TED lecturer Simon Sinek recently published a book entitled The Infinite Game. Based on the distinction first articulated by James P....

July 21, 2020 7:02 am
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Parshat Devarim: The Time to Follow

In the last month of his life, Moses gathered the people. He instructed them about the laws they were to keep and reminded them of...

July 14, 2020 3:17 am
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No One Will Change Your Life Like a Teacher

There are moments when Divine Providence touches you on the shoulder and makes you see a certain truth with blazing clarity. Let me share with...

July 7, 2020 5:42 am
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Parshat Pinchas: Moral vs. Political Decisions

The coronavirus pandemic raised a series of deep moral and political issues. How far should governments go in seeking to prevent its spread? To what...

July 1, 2020 3:38 am
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The Hidden Meaning of the Bilam Story: The Power of Love

Many questions have rightly been asked about the story of Balak and Bilam and the would-be curses that turned into blessings. Was Bilam a true...

June 23, 2020 4:44 am
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Kohelet, Tolstoy, and the Red Heifer

The command of the parah adumah, the Red Heifer, with which our parsha begins, is known as the hardest of the mitzvot to understand. The...

June 16, 2020 6:40 am
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A Lesson From Korach: Stop Demonizing Those You Disagree With

Korach was swallowed up by the ground, but his spirit is still alive and well, and in the unlikeliest of places -- British and American...

June 9, 2020 5:57 am
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The 12 Spies and the Coronavirus: What Stories Do We Tell?

In March 2020, whilst launching a new book, I took part in a BBC radio program along with Mervyn King, who had been governor of...

Features

Young Global Jewry at Forefront of Fight Against COVID-19

Masa Israel Journey, a leader in immersive international experiences in Israel founded by the Jewish Agency and government of Israel,...

Checking in on COVID-19 and Jewish Seniors

JNS.org - As America’s battle with the novel coronavirus has raged on, America’s Jewish community has suffered its share of...

Celebrating the Banai Family and the History of Israel in Jerusalem

JNS.org - Museums are in crisis all over the world due to the...

World

ECOSOC Members Slammed for ‘Hijacking’ UN Body to Push Anti-Isr...

A watchdog group has slammed members of the UN’s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) for “hijacking” the body to push...

Israel

Report: Trump Administration Seeking Direct Israel-Lebanon Talks on Maritim...

The Trump administration is once again seeking direct talks between Israel and Lebanon on setting their maritime border -- which...

Middle East

In US Ally Bahrain, Israel Deal Rallies a Weakened Opposition

Bahrain may have won international praise for following in the United Arab Emirates' footsteps and establishing ties with Israel, but the dramatic move by the close US ally could stir...

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