Tuesday, January 28th | 2 Shevat 5780


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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

January 28, 2020 9:13 am

Why Storytelling Is Essential to Jews and Judaism

Sometimes others know us better than we know ourselves. In the year 2000, a British Jewish research institute came up with a proposal that Jews...

January 21, 2020 9:38 am

Parshat Vaera: The Weighing of the Heart

In this week’s parsha, before even the first plague has struck Egypt, God tells Moses: “I will harden Pharaoh’s heart and multiply My miraculous signs...

January 14, 2020 9:56 am

Parshat Shemot: Honor the Past, But Live in the Future

Some measure of the radicalism that is introduced into the world by the story of the Exodus can be seen in the sustained mistranslation of...

January 9, 2020 9:16 am

Parshat Vayechi: Family, Faith, and Freedom

If you want to understand what a book is about, look carefully at how it ends. Genesis ends with three deeply significant scenes. First, Jacob blesses...

January 3, 2020 9:02 am

Parshat Vayigash: The Power of Reinterpreting the Past

In this week's parsha, Joseph does something unusual. Revealing himself to his brothers, fully aware that they will suffer shock and then guilt as they...

December 17, 2019 8:42 am

Parshat Vayeshev: How Fate Guides the Course of History

The story of Joseph and his brothers, spread over four parshiyot, is the longest and most tightly-scripted of all the narratives in the Torah. Nothing...

December 10, 2019 7:09 am

Parshat Vayishlach: No Longer Shall You Be Called Jacob

One fact about this week’s parsha has long perplexed the commentators. After his wrestling match with the unnamed adversary, Jacob was told: “Your name shall...

December 4, 2019 8:17 pm

Parshat Vayetse: The Story of Laban the Aramean

The events narrated in this week’s parsha -- Jacob’s flight to Laban, his stay there, and his escape, pursued by his father-in-law -- gave rise...

November 29, 2019 10:24 am

Parshat Toldot: Love Heals the Lover and the Loved

It’s a haunting question. Why did Isaac love Esau? The verse says so explicitly: “Isaac, who had a taste for wild game, loved Esau, but Rebecca...

November 19, 2019 4:24 pm

Finding the ‘Why’ of Life Will Ease Your Suffering

The name of our parsha this week seems to embody a paradox. It is called Chayei Sarah, “the life of Sarah,” but it begins with...

November 12, 2019 5:31 am

Parshat Vayera: The Need to Live With Uncertainty

I have written about the binding of Isaac many times in these studies, each time proposing an interpretation somewhat different from the ones given by...

November 5, 2019 8:10 am

Parshat Lech Lecha: Fight the Flames of Evil

Why Abraham? That is the question that haunts us when we read the opening of this week’s parsha. Here is the key figure in the...

October 29, 2019 7:05 am

Noah: Finding the Light in the Ark

Amid all the drama of the impending flood and the destruction of almost all of creation, this week we focus on Noah building the ark,...

October 24, 2019 6:56 am

Parshat Bereishit: The Genesis of Love

In The Lonely Man of Faith, Rabbi Soloveitchik drew our attention to the fact that Bereishit contains two separate accounts of creation. The first is...


From Harlem to Tel Aviv: Aulcie Perry’s Basketball Journey

Legendary basketball player Aulcie Perry’s life has been remarkable on and off the court.  This African-American athlete’s life changed dramatically after...

Kids in the Kitchen Light Up Hanukkah

JNS.org - Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, is one of those holidays that takes over everything. The pantry overflows with...

Give It Up for the (Israeli) Kids: Hanukkah and Charity Drives

JNS.org - The staff and volunteers at Yad Ezra V’Shulamit’s children’s center in Jerusalem began noticing that one little girl...


Israeli Insurers Phoenix and Menora Invest 48 Million Euros in Enlight’s ...

CTech - Israeli insurers Phoenix Holdings and Menora Mivtachim Holdings will invest 48 million euros in Enlight Renewable Energy’s Spanish...

Middle East

Abbas Calls Trump a ‘Son of a Dog,’ Calls for ‘Resistance’

JNS.org - Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas railed against US President Donald Trump in a closed-door meeting with the Fatah leadership on Monday, as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and...


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