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ARTICLES BY: Jonathan Sacks

February 20, 2018 1:21 pm

Terumah: Why We Value What We Make

The behavioural economist Dan Ariely conducted a series of experiments on what is known as the IKEA effect -- “why we overvalue what we make.” The name comes,...

February 13, 2018 3:23 pm

The Power of Empathy

William Ury, founder of the Harvard Program of Negotiation, tells a marvellous story in one of his books. A young American, living in Japan to study...

January 25, 2018 4:37 pm

The Long Road Is Always the Fulfilling One

At the end of his new book, Tribe of Mentors, Timothy Ferris cites the following poem by Portia Nelson. It’s called "Autobiography in Five Short Chapters": Chapter...

January 16, 2018 4:01 pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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,...


A Wartime Tragedy Resurfaces in Berlinale Refugee Study

Decades after he won a Silver Bear prize for a pioneering film about the fate of Jews fleeing Nazi Germany,...


Holding Out an Olive Branch? US Lawmakers Speak Out After Being Detained on the Temple Mount - US Representatives Scott Tipton (R-Colo.) and David B. McKinley (R-W.Va.) no doubt...

First Aid Under Fire: Israeli Officer Details Medical Challenges at Gaza Border - In emergency care during combat, every minute can make the difference between life...

Jewish Groups Call for Gun Control After Florida Shooting - Major American Jewish organizations are calling for stricter gun-control laws in the wake of the February 14 mass school...


US Expected to Open Embassy in Jerusalem in May, Official Says

The United States is expected to move its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in May, an American official told Reuters on Friday. President Donald Trump announced in December...


Israeli Military: Teargas May Have Caused Palestinian’s Death in Cust...

The Israeli military said on Friday that initial findings of an investigation into the death of a man that Palestinians say...

Middle East

Saudi Journalist: Ditch Mosque Microphones and Reduce Number of Mosques - Saudi journalist Mohamed Al-Suhaimi said he was in favor of silencing microphones in mosques, saying that the “terrifying” sound of the adhan call to prayer “coming from all directions”...