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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

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...

September 5, 2018 8:47 am

Parshat Nitzavim: The World Is Waiting for You to Act

Something remarkable happens in this week’s parsha, almost without our noticing it, which changed the very terms of Jewish existence and has life-changing implications for...

August 29, 2018 8:37 am

The Story We Tell

The setting: Jerusalem some 20 centuries ago.  The occasion: bringing first fruits to the Temple. Here is the scene as the Mishnah describes it: Throughout...

August 22, 2018 1:09 pm

Parsha Ki Teitse: Why We Must Aid Strangers as Well as Friends

Many years ago, Elaine and I were being driven to the Catskills, a long-time favorite summer getaway for Jews in New York, and our driver...

August 15, 2018 7:48 am

Parshat Shoftim: To Lead Is to Serve

Parshat Shoftim talks about monarchy: “When you enter the land that the Lord your God is giving you, and have taken possession of it and...

August 9, 2018 7:19 am

Parshat Re’eh: How Not to Be a Victim

I recently traveled to Toronto to meet Canadian psychologist Jordan Peterson. He has become an iconic intellectual for millions of young people, as well as...

July 25, 2018 12:44 pm

Judaism and Making Love Last

Over the past few months, I’ve been having conversations with leading thinkers, intellectuals, innovators, and philanthropists for a BBC series on the moral challenges of...

July 17, 2018 1:26 pm

Parsha Devarim: The Effective Critic

The first verse of Devarim, the fifth and culminating book of the Torah, sounds prosaic: “These are the words that Moses spoke to all Israel...

July 11, 2018 1:10 pm

Parshat Matot-Masei: Miles to Go Before I Sleep

“To be elsewhere -- the great vice of this race, its great and secret virtue, the great vocation of this people.” So wrote the French...


American Actress Marilyn Monroe’s Personal Jewish Prayer Book Up for Auction - A Jewish prayer book that belonged to American actress Marilyn Monroe has...

‘Observance’: A Touching, Relevant Play About Modern Judaism

Tracey Goldblum wants her daughter to stop smoking marijuana, practice safe sex, and avoid punching men in the face. Her...


The Man Who Chose Israel

I am the CEO of the Israel Scholarship Education Foundation. This organization, founded in 1977, helps young people in Israel’s...

Report: Hezbollah Hacked Into Mobile Devices Worldwide

Hezbollah hackers used "catfishing" techniques on social media to infiltrate mobile devices worldwide, according to a release from the Czech...

UCI Preparing to Refer Anti-Israel Disrupters to Prosecution

Campus police at University of California, Irvine will in the near future refer anti-Israel disruptors of a May 3, 2018...


Two Academic Groups Urge University of Michigan to Reconsider Sanctions Aga...

Two leading academic groups called on the University of Michigan to withhold from sanctioning instructors who refused to write letters of...


Israel Puts West Bank Bedouin Village Eviction on Hold for Several Weeks

Israel said on Sunday it would put on hold for "a number of weeks" its threatened razing of a Bedouin village in the West Bank amid international calls to drop the...

Middle East

Iran Names New Economy Minister in Reshuffle as US Sanctions Bite

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani appointed academic Farhad Dejpasand as the new economy and finance minister in a cabinet reshuffle on Sunday, state television reported, as the country faces mounting US...