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ARTICLES BY: Jonathan Sacks


January 16, 2018 4:01 pm
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The Story We Tell

It remains one of the most counterintuitive passages in all of religious literature: Moses is addressing the Israelites just days before their release. They have...

January 4, 2018 12:57 pm
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God Loves Those Who Argue

I have become increasingly concerned about the assault on free speech taking place throughout the West, particularly on university campuses. This is being done in the...

December 21, 2017 4:37 pm
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Joseph: The World’s First Psychotherapist

The phrase “Jewish thinker” may mean two very different things. It may mean a thinker who just happens to be Jewish by birth or descent -- a...

December 14, 2017 12:18 pm
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Jews and Economics

We know that Jews have won a disproportionate number of Nobel Prizes -- more than 20% -- for a group that represents 0.2 per cent of the world's...

December 8, 2017 1:55 pm
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Improbable Endings and the Defeat of Despair

We live life looking forward -- but we understand it only looking back. As we live from day to day, our life can seem like a...

November 28, 2017 1:25 pm
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The Struggle of Faith: The Story of Jacob

There are Mozarts and there are Beethovens. Which are you? I have only the most amateur knowledge of music, but the impression one gets about Mozart...

November 13, 2017 2:20 pm
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First Build the Future — Then Remember the Past

On August 11, 2017, the world’s oldest man passed away, just a month short of his 114th birthday -- making him one of the ten oldest men...

November 1, 2017 1:35 pm
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The Space Between Us

The stories told in Bereishit chapters 21 and 22 -- the sending away of Ishmael and the binding of Isaac -- are among the hardest to understand...

October 25, 2017 1:35 pm
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Finding the Courage to Be Different

Is character strictly personal -- either you are or aren’t calm, courageous, charismatic, etc. -- or does culture have a role to play? Does when and where you...

October 19, 2017 11:12 am
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How to Truly Love a Stranger

The story of the first eight chapters of Bereishit is tragic but simple: creation, followed by decreation, followed by recreation. God creates order. Humans then destroy...

October 11, 2017 2:04 pm
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The Faith of God Is His Faith in Us

In stately prose, the Torah's opening chapter describes the unfolding of the universe as the effortless creation of a single creative force. Repeatedly we read, “And God said,...

October 4, 2017 4:40 pm
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Judaism’s Life-Changing Ideas

What is Judaism? A religion? A faith? A way of life? A set of beliefs? A collection of commands? A culture? A civilization? It is all...

September 20, 2017 11:56 am
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Moses, the Man

That very day the Lord spoke to Moses, “Go up this mountain of the Abarim, Mount Nebo, which is in the land of Moab, opposite...

September 12, 2017 11:25 am
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Why Be Jewish?

In the last days of his life, Moses renewed the covenant between God and Israel. The entire book of Devarim is an account of the covenant:...

Features

As Iranian Minorities Join Protests, Could the US and Israel Arm Them?

JNS.org - As the anti-regime protests wind down in Iran, the White House said on...

Report Details Scope of Persecution in the Cradle of Christianity

JNS.org - While Christianity traces its birthplace to the Middle East, that region has been arguably the most hostile area for...

Financial Desperation Leads ISIS to Sell Its Own Coins Online

Facing financial setbacks, the Islamic State (ISIS) is turning to more unorthodox methods for raising money: selling its own currency...

World

Dozens of Advocacy Groups Endorse Jewish Nominee for Top Education Departme...

Dozens of advocacy groups on Monday called for the confirmation of Kenneth Marcus -- a leading figure in efforts to...

Israel

Defense Minister: IDF Will Destroy All Hamas Terror Tunnels by End of 2018

JNS.org - Israel’s Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman told Israeli television that the Jewish state has developed cutting-edge counter-tunnel technology that will enable it to destroy all Hamas terror tunnels by the...

Middle East

Saudi Arabia Reportedly Shoots Down Missile Fired From Yemen

A ballistic missile fired by Yemen’s armed Houthi group toward Saudi Arabia's southern Jizan region was shot down by Saudi forces on Tuesday, Saudi state TV Ekhbariya reported. The station gave...

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