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ARTICLES BY: Jonathan Sacks


April 25, 2018 12:46 pm
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Emor: How to Make Use of Your Time on Earth

Time management is more than management and larger than time. It is about life itself. God gives us one thing above all: life itself. And...

April 18, 2018 2:25 pm
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Acharei-Mot Kedoshim: Love Is Not Enough — We Also Need Rules

The opening chapter of Kedoshim contains two of the most powerful of all commands: to love your neighbor and to love the stranger. “Love your...

April 12, 2018 10:28 am
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The Power of Praise — Tazria-Metsorah

From time to time, couples come to see me before their wedding. Sometimes they ask me whether I have any advice to give them about how...

April 3, 2018 12:24 pm
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When Weakness Becomes Strength

Have you ever felt inadequate to a task you have been assigned or a job you have been given? Do you sometimes feel that other...

March 20, 2018 2:16 pm
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The Importance of Giving Thanks

The first words we are taught to say each morning, immediately upon waking, are Modeh/modah and -- “I give thanks.”  Note that the normal word order is inverted: Modeh ani, not ani...

March 13, 2018 10:04 am
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We Must Each Answer God’s Calling

It was never my ambition or aspiration to be a rabbi. I went to university to study economics. I then switched to philosophy. I also...

March 8, 2018 4:14 pm
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Vayakhel and Pekudei: Making Space for Others to Grow

This week’s double parsha, with its long account of the construction of the sanctuary -- one of the longest narratives in the Torah, taking a full...

February 28, 2018 1:16 pm
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Ki Tissa: How Anger Can Help Us — and Harm Us

Comparing two of the most famous events in the Torah, we face what seems like a glaring contradiction. In this week’s parsha, Moses -- on...

February 20, 2018 1:21 pm
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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...

Culture

Backstreet Boys’ Nick Carter Films Video Onstage During Israel Concert

Backstreet Boys singer Nick Carter filmed a video onstage during his band's live concert...

American Model Kate Upton Shares Photos From Her Trip to Israel

American model Kate Upton shared with her Twitter followers on Thursday photos from her recent trip to Israel. The 25-year-old uploaded three...

Features

Zionism Meets Feminism: Talking Shop Over a Glass of Chardonnay

JNS.org - In a quintessential “only in Israel” moment, nearly 60 women (and a few dozen men) gathered on a breezy...

Brooklyn Man Hopes to Open a New Chapter of Jewish Dating

At many recent Passover seders, sometime after the four questions were asked, a fifth one was posed by a parent...

The Israeli Air Force Legend Who Influenced Generations

JNS.org - On Yom Hazikaron, Israel’s Memorial Day for Fallen Soldiers, the family of Lt.-Col. Ohad Shadmi -- a legendary and highly influential...

World

Students, Activists Disrupt Talk by Israeli Ambassador at Syracuse Universi...

Some 20 protesters disrupted a speech by an Israeli ambassador at Syracuse University in New York on Tuesday, raising concerns...

Israel

Top Hamas Official Warns: Gaza Border Protests Will Continue After May 15

A top Hamas official warned on Wednesday that the ongoing Gaza border demonstrations -- expected to reach their peak on May 15, known as "Nakba Day" by the Palestinians --...

Middle East

Lieberman: Israel Will Hit Tehran if Iran Attacks Tel Aviv

Israel would retaliate against any Iranian attack on Tel Aviv by striking Tehran, Israel's defense minister said in remarks published on Thursday. The comments by Avigdor Lieberman were an unusually explicit Israeli...

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