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Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks is the former chief rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth. The author of over 30 books, he can be followed on social media at @RabbiSacks or at

ARTICLES BY: Jonathan Sacks

August 5, 2020 4:38 am

Chessed Is the Highest Achievement of the Moral Life

An interesting phrase appears at the end of last week’s parsha and at the beginning of this week’s, and they are the only places where...

July 28, 2020 5:08 am

Parshat Va’etchanan: The Infinite Game

The popular author and TED lecturer Simon Sinek recently published a book entitled The Infinite Game. Based on the distinction first articulated by James P....

July 21, 2020 7:02 am

Parshat Devarim: The Time to Follow

In the last month of his life, Moses gathered the people. He instructed them about the laws they were to keep and reminded them of...

July 14, 2020 3:17 am

No One Will Change Your Life Like a Teacher

There are moments when Divine Providence touches you on the shoulder and makes you see a certain truth with blazing clarity. Let me share with...

July 7, 2020 5:42 am

Parshat Pinchas: Moral vs. Political Decisions

The coronavirus pandemic raised a series of deep moral and political issues. How far should governments go in seeking to prevent its spread? To what...

July 1, 2020 3:38 am

The Hidden Meaning of the Bilam Story: The Power of Love

Many questions have rightly been asked about the story of Balak and Bilam and the would-be curses that turned into blessings. Was Bilam a true...

June 23, 2020 4:44 am

Kohelet, Tolstoy, and the Red Heifer

The command of the parah adumah, the Red Heifer, with which our parsha begins, is known as the hardest of the mitzvot to understand. The...

June 16, 2020 6:40 am

A Lesson From Korach: Stop Demonizing Those You Disagree With

Korach was swallowed up by the ground, but his spirit is still alive and well, and in the unlikeliest of places -- British and American...

June 9, 2020 5:57 am

The 12 Spies and the Coronavirus: What Stories Do We Tell?

In March 2020, whilst launching a new book, I took part in a BBC radio program along with Mervyn King, who had been governor of...

June 2, 2020 6:11 am

Parshat Beha’alotcha and Coronavirus: Loneliness and Faith

I have long been intrigued by one passage in this week’s parsha. After a lengthy stay in the Sinai desert, the people are about to...

May 26, 2020 6:33 am

The Blessing of Love

I confess to a thrill every time I read these words: Tell Aaron and his sons, This is how you are to bless the Israelites. Say...

May 19, 2020 5:20 am

Equality Begins With Education

The parsha of Bamidbar is generally read on the Shabbat before Shavuot, z’man matan torateinu -- “the time of the giving of our law,” the...

May 12, 2020 6:18 am

The Power of a Curse: the Need for Deterrence

The book of Vayikra draws to a close by outlining the blessings that will follow if the people are faithful to their covenant with God....

May 7, 2020 5:20 am

Parshat Emor and Coronavirus: The Only Guarantee Is Uncertainty

There is something very strange about the festival of Sukkot, on which our parsha is the primary source. On the one hand, it is the...


Young Global Jewry at Forefront of Fight Against COVID-19

Masa Israel Journey, a leader in immersive international experiences in Israel founded by the Jewish Agency and government of Israel,...

Checking in on COVID-19 and Jewish Seniors - As America’s battle with the novel coronavirus has raged on, America’s Jewish community has suffered its share of...

Celebrating the Banai Family and the History of Israel in Jerusalem - Museums are in crisis all over the world due to the...


Trump Advisers Urge Delisting of US-Listed Chinese Firms That Fail to Meet ...

China on Saturday called for frank dialogue and closer cooperation in reaction to news that Trump administration officials had urged...


Israel Donates Aid Kits to Ethiopian School for Underprivileged Kids in Fig...

Israel announced on Friday that it had donated humanitarian aid kits to students at a school in the Ethiopian capital,...

Middle East

Erdogan Says Turkey Restarted Energy Exploration In East Mediterranean

President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday that Turkey had resumed energy exploration work in the eastern Mediterranean as Greece had not kept its promises regarding such activities in the region. NATO...

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