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ARTICLES BY: Jonathan Sacks


September 20, 2017 11:56 am
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Moses, the Man

That very day the Lord spoke to Moses, “Go up this mountain of the Abarim, Mount Nebo, which is in the land of Moab, opposite...

September 12, 2017 11:25 am
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Why Be Jewish?

In the last days of his life, Moses renewed the covenant between God and Israel. The entire book of Devarim is an account of the covenant:...

September 8, 2017 10:40 am
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Ki Tavo and Our Covenant With God

You have affirmed [he-emarta] this day that the Lord is your God, that you will walk in His ways, that you will observe His laws and...

August 31, 2017 3:48 pm
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Antisemitism and the Two Types of Hate

This week's parsha contains a strange, almost incomprehensible law: Remember what the Amalekites did to you along the way when you came out of Egypt. When you...

August 24, 2017 11:49 am
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The Consent of the Governed

The contribution of the Tanakh (the Hebrew Bible) to political thought is fundamental, but not well known. In this article, I want to look at the institution...

August 16, 2017 11:21 am
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The Limits of Grief in the Jewish Mourning Process

“You are children of the Lord your God. Do not cut yourselves or shave the front of your heads for the dead, for you are...

August 8, 2017 3:49 pm
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Why Civilizations Fail: The Lack of Faith

What is the real challenge of maintaining a free society? In parshat Eikev, Moses springs his great surprise. Here are his words: Be careful that you...

August 1, 2017 3:52 pm
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Often Times, There Is No ‘Right Way’ in Judaism

What was the first commandment? On this question, there are two fascinating disagreements in Judaism. One was between Moses Maimonides (1135-1204) and the author of...

July 25, 2017 4:16 pm
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Devarim: The Book of the Covenant

As we begin reading the fifth and final book of the Torah this week, I would like to discuss three questions. First, why does the...

July 21, 2017 11:55 am
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Understanding the Prophets

During the three weeks between the 17th of Tammuz and Tisha b’Av -- as we recall the destruction of the Temples -- we read three of the most searing...

July 13, 2017 10:48 am
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The Difference Between Influence and Power

Knowing that he is about to die, Moses turns to God and asks Him to appoint a successor: Moses said to the Lord, “May the Lord,...

July 6, 2017 1:46 pm
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A People That Dwells Alone

One of the most profound and influential comments ever made about Jewish destiny was made by the pagan prophet Bilaam in this week’s parsha: As I...

June 23, 2017 11:24 am
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Korach: A Lesson in Conflict Resolution

The Korach rebellion was the single most dangerous challenge to Moses’ leadership during the 40 years that he led the people through the wilderness. The precise...

June 9, 2017 4:11 pm
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Leadership Beyond Despair

Tanakh, the Hebrew Bible, is remarkable for the extreme realism with which it portrays human character. Its heroes are not superhuman. Its non-heroes are not...

Culture

New Biography of Philanthropist Fails to Ask Key Jewish Questions (REVIEW)

JNS.org - Professor Hasia Diner has a well-earned reputation as an insightful historian. But...

Conan O’Brien Tries Winning Over Israeli Woman While Covered in Dead Sea Mud

Conan O'Brien shared on his late night talk show on Monday a video...

15,000 People Attend Largest-Ever Israeli Cultural Festival in Europe

JNS.org - The largest-ever Israeli cultural event in Europe, TLV in LDN, attracted some...

Features

The Unheard Story: Bulgaria’s Rescue of 50,000 Jews During the Holocaust

You have probably heard of "Schindler’s List" -- Steven Spielberg’s movie, which brought to life...

IDF’s Underground Gaza Wall May Change Hamas Terror Strategies

Time may be running out for one of Hamas' main weapons against Israel:...

World

Puerto Rico Synagogues Cancel High Holiday Services Ahead of Hurricane Mari...

As volunteers worked feverishly to tape the exposed windows of San Juan’s Temple Beth Shalom with plastic film and carry...

Israel

Israel Closes West Bank, Gaza Strip for Rosh Hashanah

The IDF announced on Tuesday that it will put in place a closure of the West Bank and Gaza Strip beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, ahead of the holiday...

Middle East

Iran-Sponsored Hackers Said to Be Targeting Companies in US, Middle East, A...

A private cybersecurity firm has identified what it says is a hacking group sponsored by the Iranian government that has...

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