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ARTICLES BY: Jonathan Sacks

July 21, 2017 11:55 am

Understanding the Prophets

During the three weeks between the 17th of Tammuz and Tisha b’Av -- as we recall the destruction of the Temples -- we read three of the most searing...

July 13, 2017 10:48 am

The Difference Between Influence and Power

Knowing that he is about to die, Moses turns to God and asks Him to appoint a successor: Moses said to the Lord, “May the Lord,...

July 6, 2017 1:46 pm

A People That Dwells Alone

One of the most profound and influential comments ever made about Jewish destiny was made by the pagan prophet Bilaam in this week’s parsha: As I...

June 23, 2017 11:24 am

Korach: A Lesson in Conflict Resolution

The Korach rebellion was the single most dangerous challenge to Moses’ leadership during the 40 years that he led the people through the wilderness. The precise...

June 9, 2017 4:11 pm

Leadership Beyond Despair

Tanakh, the Hebrew Bible, is remarkable for the extreme realism with which it portrays human character. Its heroes are not superhuman. Its non-heroes are not...

May 30, 2017 2:14 pm

We Must Work for Peace, Not Just Pray for It

The parsha of Naso seems, on the face of it, to be a heterogeneous collection of utterly unrelated items. First, there is the account of the Levitical...

May 23, 2017 11:31 am

The Torah and the Jewish People: An Ever-Repeated Story

Bamidbar, our parsha this week, takes up the story where we left it at the end of Shemot. The Jewish people had journeyed from Egypt to Mount Sinai....

May 16, 2017 2:49 pm

Minority Rights in Judaism

One of the most striking features of the Torah is its emphasis on love of -- and vigilance toward -- the ger (stranger): Do not oppress a stranger; you...

May 10, 2017 12:53 pm

The Duality of Jewish Time

Time plays an enormous role in Judaism. The first thing that God declared holy was a day -- Shabbat -- at the conclusion of creation. The...

May 4, 2017 11:39 am

Judaism’s Three Voices

The nineteenth chapter of Vayikra (Leviticus), which starts this week's parsha, is one of the supreme statements of the ethics of the Torah. It’s about...

April 26, 2017 12:41 pm

We Must Praise People, Not Just God

The Sages understood tsara’at -- the theme of this week’s parsha -- not as an illness, but as a miraculous public exposure of the sin of lashon hara (speaking badly about others). Judaism...

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...


New Musical in New York Recalls Masada

In the 1500s, the Spaniards invaded Puerto Rico, enslaving and slaughtering the native Taíno people -- some of whom chose to escape...

Radiohead Rocks Tel Aviv With Longest Performance in 11 Years, Defying BDS - Some 50,000 Israelis flocked to Tel Aviv’s Hayarkon Park on Wednesday night...


Canadian Islamist Groups Lose Charity Status Over Potential Militant Financing

Canadian authorities have stripped two former affiliates of the Islamic Society of North America's Canada...

A Tale of Two Palestinian Worlds - For slightly more than a decade, the two main areas slated for a future Palestinian state -- the disputed territories in...


Three Israelis Stabbed to Death by Palestinian Terrorist During Shabbat Din...

Three Israelis were stabbed to death and another was seriously wounded on Friday night by a knife-wielding Palestinian terrorist who...

Middle East

Erdogan Allies Attack Istanbul Synagogue, Warn of Further Violence Over Tem...

Activists from a Turkish fascist youth movement whose leader enjoys close relations with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan attacked the...