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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


April 16, 2019 11:58 am
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Parshat Acharei Mot: Think Fast — and Slow

If we put together recent discoveries in neuroscience with Midrashic tradition, we may be able to shed new light on the meaning of the central...

April 10, 2019 8:55 am
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Parshat Metzora: The Power of Speech to Create — or Destroy

As we saw in Parshat Tazria, the Sages identify tzara’at -- the condition that affects human skin, the fabric of garments, and the walls of...

April 2, 2019 8:58 am
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Parshat Tazria: The Sacrifices of Childbirth Don’t Demean Women

At the start of this week's parsha, there is a cluster of laws that challenged and puzzled the commentators. They concern a woman who has...

March 26, 2019 3:01 pm
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Parshat Shemini: The Need for Both Hope and Humanity

It should have been the great day of celebration. The Tabernacle, Israel’s first collective house of worship, was complete. All preparations had been made. For...

March 20, 2019 6:59 am
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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...

Culture

Jewish Celebrities Share Passover Photos on Social Media

A number of Jewish celebrities took to social media over the weekend to share pictures from their Passover Seders and...

Irish Pro-Israel Groups Condemn BDS Boycott of Eurovision Song Contest

JNS.org - Several top Irish pro-Israel groups and leaders have signed an open letter...

Jewish Rapper Kosha Dillz to Host Passover Seders at Coachella

Jewish rapper Kosha Dillz will host a number of Passover Seders during the second weekend of the Coachella music festival in California...

Features

Israel’s Information War Is as Important as Its Military One

In recent months, the Israeli defense establishment has made increasing use of “information...

Next Israeli Government Could Soon Face New Iranian Terrorist Challenges

In Saturday's early hours, when the attention of most Israelis was focused on...

Bubbe’s Passover, Circa 2019: Feeding the Soul While Staying Healthy

JNS.org - Sweet gefilte fish with a dollop of eye-watering horseradish. Fluffy matzah...

World

Mayor of Winnipeg Calls on Groups to Cancel Appearance by Controversial Ant...

The mayor of Winnipeg is calling on the two groups behind an upcoming "social justice" event to disinvite controversial anti-Israel...

Israel

Spotify Now Available in Hebrew

CTech - Spotify Technology SA announced Wednesday it will launch a Hebrew-supported version across all devices in upcoming weeks. Spotify became available in Israel in March 2018. The premium service is...

Middle East

Morocco’s Jewish Community to Hold First Democratic Elections in Five Dec...

JNS.org - Morocco’s Jewish community will hold its first elections in half a century to select its communal representatives. King Mohammed VI...

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