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ARTICLES BY: Jonathan Sacks

April 5, 2017 6:53 am

We Must Plan for the Future, or Watch Our World Collapse

In her recent book, The Watchman’s Rattle (subtitled "Thinking our way out of extinction"), Rebecca Costa delivers a fascinating account of how civilizations die. Their problems become...

March 30, 2017 6:46 am

Atoning for Unwitting Sins

This week's parsha, Vayikra, is about sacrifices. And though the laws we learn in it have been inoperative for almost 2,000 years, the moral principles...

March 21, 2017 6:40 am

Why the Journey of Life Never Ends

Right at the end of the book of Shemot, there is a textual difficulty so slight that it is easy to miss. But -- as...

March 14, 2017 7:31 am

Is Shabbat the First Day or the Last?

In the immensely lengthy and detailed account of the making of the Tabernacle, the Torah tells the story twice: first via Divine instruction, and then by human implementation....

March 7, 2017 7:45 am

Aaron and Moses Taught Brothers to Live in Unity

Tetzaveh is the only sedra (Torah portion) between Exodus and Deuteronomy that does not contain the word “Moses." For once,  Moses -- the hero, the leader, the liberator, the lawgiver -- is...

February 28, 2017 7:41 am

The Architecture of Holiness

From this week's Torah portion to the end of the Book of Exodus, the holy book describes, in painstaking detail and great length, the construction of the...

February 21, 2017 6:00 am

God Can Only Push Us So Far — The Rest Is Up to Us

In Yitro, we encountered the Aseret Hadibrot -- the “ten utterances” (or general principles) of Judaism. Now, in Mishpatim, come the details. Here is how they...

February 15, 2017 7:57 am

Do We Seek Justice or Peace?

The parsha for Yitro, which contains the greatest Divine revelation in history (at Mount Sinai), begins on a note that is all too human. Yitro, the...

February 7, 2017 8:40 am

The Power of the Human Spirit

In September 2010, the BBC, Reuters and other news agencies reported on a sensational scientific discovery. Researchers at the US National Center for Atmospheric Research...

January 31, 2017 7:42 am

Judaism Teaches Us the Necessity of Asking Questions and Raising Our Children to Do So

It is no accident that parshat Bo, the section that deals with the culminating plagues and the exodus of the Jews from Egypt, should turn...

January 25, 2017 5:10 am

We Must Have Freedom in Order to Speak Truth

In this week's parsha, Moses is not upfront with Pharaoh. If he does not tell him a lie, he does tell him less than the full truth. Here is...

January 17, 2017 7:45 am

Like Moses, We Must Ask: ‘Who Am I?’

Moses’ second question to God at the burning bush was: "Who are you?" (Ex. 3:13). His first question, though, was, "Mi anochi" -- “Who am I?” (Ex....

January 16, 2017 7:41 am

The Promise of American Renewal

On 20th January 2017, one of the great rituals of modern politics will take place: the inaugural address of a new President of the United...

January 10, 2017 6:54 am

Our Story Has Yet to Be Fully Written

Different cultures tell different stories. The great novelists of the 19th century wrote fiction that is essentially ethical. Jane Austen and George Eliot explored the...


New York Times Amends Palestinian Terrorist Barghouti’s Op-Ed Amid Outcry - A day after convicted Palestinian terrorist Marwan Barghouti wrote a New York...


Trumps Pledges to Release Tax Reform Package Next Week

President Donald Trump says businesses and individuals will receive a "massive tax cut" under a tax reform package he plans to unveil next week. In an interview with the Associated Press,...


Israeli PM Netanyahu at Jerusalem Meeting With Visiting US Defense Secretar...

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that President Donald Trump’s recent actions in the Middle East are “a welcome change.” Netanyahu...

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Israeli Army Strikes Syria After Three Mortars Hit Golan Heights

The IDF announced on Friday evening that it had attacked the sources of three mortars fired into the northern Golan Heights earlier that day. Friday afternoon, a mortar shell exploded in...