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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


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...

January 9, 2019 9:33 am
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Parshat Bo: The True Meaning of the Plague of Darkness

The ninth plague -- darkness -- comes shrouded in a darkness of its own. What is this plague doing here? It seems out of sequence....

January 1, 2019 10:25 am
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Parshat Vaera: The God Who Acts in History

The Israelites were at their lowest ebb. They had been enslaved. A decree had been issued that every male child was to be killed. Moses...

December 26, 2018 9:09 am
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The Story of Moses — and Why We Must Never Consider All People Our ‘Enemies’

She is one of the most unexpected heroes of the Hebrew Bible. Without her, Moses might not have lived. The whole story of the exodus...

December 19, 2018 8:10 am
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Parshat Vayechi: If We Truly Change, Our Mistakes Can Become Our Merits

The scene that brings the book of Genesis to a close is intensely significant. Joseph’s brothers were terrified that, after the death of their father...

December 12, 2018 8:49 am
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Parshat Vayigash: Does My Father Love Me?

It is one of the great questions we naturally ask each time we read the story of Joseph: Why did he not, at some time...

December 5, 2018 8:15 am
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Parshat Mikketz: Talking to Non-Jews About God

The story of Joseph is one of those rare narratives in the Tanach in which a Jew comes to play a prominent part in a...

November 29, 2018 12:15 pm
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Parashat Vayeshev: Refusing Comfort and Keeping Hope

The deception has already taken place. Joseph has been sold into slavery. His brothers dipped his coat in blood. They bring it back to their...

November 23, 2018 9:48 am
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Parshat Vayishlach: Physical Fear and Moral Distress

In this week's parsha, 22 years have passed since Jacob fled his brother, penniless and alone, and since Esau swore revenge for what he saw...

Features

Jewish Singer Uses Music to Get Through a Rocky Road

In the age of streaming music, releasing an album with 21 songs might not be the best business move. Giving...

Volunteers Bond with Residents at ‘Special’ Center in the Negev

JNS.org - When Nina Paul first visited ALEH Negev Nahalat-Eran several years ago,...

Has the US Intelligence Community Misread Iran’s Nuclear Program?

JNS.org - Donald Trump clashed with the intelligence community last week over the...

World

Jewish Filmmaker Stanley Donen, Famed for ‘Singin’ in the Rain,...

Stanley Donen, the former dancer who directed some of Hollywood's greatest musicals including Gene Kelly's landmark "Singin' in the Rain,"...

Israel

Netanyahu: Criticism of Deal With Kahanist Party ‘Hypocrisy and Double St...

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday struck out at critics of a deal he brokered with far-right Kahanist party...

Middle East

Iran Says It Has Many Options to Neutralize ‘Illegal’ US Sancti...

Iran said on Saturday it had many options to neutralize the reimposition of US sanctions on its oil exports, the...

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