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ARTICLES BY: Jonathan Sacks

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...

January 4, 2017 5:50 am

The Story of Judah Shows the Power of Change

The sequence from Bereishit 37-50 is the longest unbroken narrative in the Torah, and there can be no doubt who its hero is: Joseph. The...

January 1, 2017 1:40 am

Our Lives Are God’s Will — and Our Own

It was Joseph’s first real attempt to take his fate into his own hands -- and it failed. Or so it seemed. Consider the story so far, as...

December 21, 2016 6:53 am

What Is the Theme of Genesis?

One of the most fundamental questions about the Torah turns out to be one of the hardest to answer. What, from the call of God...

December 13, 2016 3:43 am

Let Us Follow in the Steps of Jacob

Why is Jacob the father of our people -- the hero of our faith? We are “the congregation of Jacob” and “the children of Israel.” Yet it...

December 6, 2016 7:42 am

The Birth of the World’s Oldest Hate

“Go and learn what Laban the Aramean sought to do to our father Jacob. Pharaoh made his decree only about the males, whereas Laban sought...

November 29, 2016 7:00 am

Why Did Isaac Love Esau?

Even before they were born, Jacob and Esau struggled in the womb. They were destined, it seems, to be eternal adversaries. Not only were they...

November 23, 2016 11:00 am

Our Children’s Legacy Is Ours, Too

Our parsha this week contains the most serene description of old age and dying of anywhere in the Torah: “Then Abraham breathed his last and...

November 16, 2016 7:13 am

The Miracle of Children

There is a mystery at the heart of Jewish existence, engraved into the first syllables of our recorded time. The first words of God to Abraham...

November 9, 2016 9:05 am

How to Be a Jewish Parent

The most influential man who ever lived does not appear on any list I have seen of the 100 most influential men who ever lived. He...

November 2, 2016 4:13 am

Judaism Values Both Individual and Collective Responsibility

I once had the opportunity to ask the Catholic writer Paul Johnson what had struck him most about Judaism during the long period he spent...

October 28, 2016 9:17 am

The True Mystery of Judaism Is God’s Faith in Us

There is a deep question at the heart of Jewish faith, and it is very rarely asked. As the Torah opens, we see God creating...


Ivanka Trump Shares Snapshot of Kosher Inauguration Cake Featuring Mini Donald

President-elect Donald Trump's Jewish daughter, Ivanka, posted a picture on Instagram of a...

Why ‘Fauda’ Is One of the Best TV Shows You’ll Ever See

A show about terrorism should be explosive. Too often, stereotypical characters, cardboard dialogue and absurd plot twists turn what should be...


What Will Trump’s Presidency Mean for US Ties With Israel’s Peaceful Arab Neighbors? - The upcoming Donald Trump presidency likely means a sharp break...

Israel’s German-Made Submarines Engulfed by Controversy, Shrouded in Secrecy - Silently cruising in the depths of the seas, the Israeli Navy’s growing...

IDF Welcomes Soldier With Cerebral Palsy -- The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has welcomed its newest member, a soldier with cerebral palsy, as part of the military’s...


Palestinian-American Columbia Professor Rashid Khalidi: Pro-Israel Figures ...

Pro-Israel figures will “infest” President-elect Donald Trump’s administration, a Palestinian-American Columbia University professor and notorious critic of the Jewish state...


Ministers to Discuss Israeli Sovereignty Over Ma’ale Adumim -- Plans are underway to officially present a bill that would apply Israeli sovereignty to the large east Jerusalem settlement of Ma'ale Adumim, leaders of the Knesset's Land of Israel lobby...

Middle East

Iranian President Calls Trump’s Vow to Rip Up Nuclear Deal ‘Empty Talk... -- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that US President-elect Donald Trump’s promise to dismantle the nuclear deal between Iran and world...