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Rabbi Jonathan Sacks is the former chief rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth. He currently serves as the Ingeborg and Ira Rennert Global Distinguished Professor at New York University.

ARTICLES BY: Jonathan Sacks

December 12, 2018 8:49 am

Parshat Vayigash: Does My Father Love Me?

It is one of the great questions we naturally ask each time we read the story of Joseph: Why did he not, at some time...

December 5, 2018 8:15 am

Parshat Mikketz: Talking to Non-Jews About God

The story of Joseph is one of those rare narratives in the Tanach in which a Jew comes to play a prominent part in a...

November 29, 2018 12:15 pm

Parashat Vayeshev: Refusing Comfort and Keeping Hope

The deception has already taken place. Joseph has been sold into slavery. His brothers dipped his coat in blood. They bring it back to their...

November 23, 2018 9:48 am

Parshat Vayishlach: Physical Fear and Moral Distress

In this week's parsha, 22 years have passed since Jacob fled his brother, penniless and alone, and since Esau swore revenge for what he saw...

November 13, 2018 11:52 am

Parshat Vayetse: When the ‘I’ Is Silent

This week’s parsha relates a powerful, primal vision of prayer: Jacob, alone and far from home, lies down for the night, with only stones for a pillow....

November 7, 2018 10:13 am

Parshat Toldot: The Courage of Persistence

There is a strange passage in the life of Isaac, ominous in its foreshadowing of much of later Jewish history. Like Abraham, Isaac finds himself...

October 30, 2018 2:10 pm

Parshat Chayei Sarah: On Judaism and Islam

The language of the Torah is, in Erich Auerbach’s famous phrase, “fraught with background.” Behind the events that are openly told are shadowy stories left...

October 23, 2018 8:17 am

Parshat Vayera: Sometimes We Must Put Humans Before God

God appeared to Abraham by the oaks of Mamre, as he sat at the entrance to his tent in the heat of the day. He...

October 18, 2018 9:25 am

Parshat Lech Lecha: Having the Strength to Move Forward Alone

Within the first words that God addresses to the bearer of a new covenant, there are already hints as to the nature of the heroism...

October 9, 2018 9:31 am

Parshat Noach: A Drama in Four Acts

The parsha of Noach brings to a close the 11 chapters that precede the call to Abraham, and the beginning of the special relationship between him, his descendants, and...

October 4, 2018 1:26 pm

Bereishit 5779: The Three Stages of Creation

“And God said, let there be… and there was… and God saw that it was good.” Thus unfolds the most revolutionary, as well as the...

September 27, 2018 8:17 am

Parshat Vezot Habracha: If We Can’t Get There Ourselves, We Can Help Others Do So

Each year, as we near the end of the Mosaic books and Moses’ life, I find myself asking: Did it really have to end that...

September 20, 2018 9:57 am

Parsha Ha’azinu 5779: The Need for Emotional Intelligence

In March 2015, I had a public conversation at Yale with the university’s president, Peter Salovey. The occasion was quite an emotional one. It celebrated...

September 13, 2018 12:33 pm

Vayelech 5779: The Second Mountain You Must Climb

What do you do when you have achieved it all, when you have risen to whatever career heights that fate or providence has in store...


Is Your Bread Still Kosher? Arnold’s Bread Manufacturer Drops the OU - Bimbo Bakeries USA, which owns many of the nationally-distributed bread and...

Why Should We Light the Menorah With Olive Oil?

Below is an excerpt from the book The Light That Unites: A Chanukah Companion (OU Press) by Aaron Goldscheider. There are...

The Dead Sea Scrolls Monument

In 1946 or 1947 -- no one knows for certain -- a Bedouin goatherd nicknamed Muhammad the Wolf led his...


French Minister Pays Respects at Desecrated Jewish Cemetery

French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner on Friday paid his respects at a Jewish cemetery near Strasbourg, days after 37 of its tombstones and a monument to Holocaust victims were defaced with Nazi...


Israel Destroys Home of Palestinian Terrorist Who Killed Israeli Special Fo...

Israeli forces on Saturday demolished the family home of a Palestinian charged with killing an Israeli soldier in the West...

Middle East

Western Tourists Trickle into Saudi Arabia as It Tries to Open Up

Western tourists, a rarity in Saudi Arabia, visited this weekend under a new visa system, as one of the world's most inaccessible countries tries to open up its society and...