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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

November 4, 2020 3:51 am

Answering the Call: Parshat Vayera

The early history of humanity is set out in the Torah as a series of disappointments. God gave human beings freedom, which they then misused....

October 27, 2020 5:43 am

Parshat Lech Lecha: The Torah and Conformity

Leaders lead. That does not mean to say that they do not follow. But what they follow is different from what most people follow. They...

October 21, 2020 6:26 am

The Story of Noah and the Moral Life

The praise accorded to Noah is unparalleled in Tanach. He was, says the Torah, “a righteous man, perfect in his generations; Noah walked with God.”...

October 9, 2020 10:38 am

Parshat Bereishit: Taking Responsibility

If leadership is the solution, what is the problem? On this, the Torah could not be more specific. The problem is a failure of responsibility. The...

September 22, 2020 5:36 am

Parshat Ha’azinu: The Arc of the Moral Universe

In majestic language, Moses breaks into song, investing his final testament to the Israelites with all the power and passion at his command. He begins...

September 8, 2020 7:07 am

Parshat Nitzavim: How to Renew a Nation

The Talmud gives an ingenious reading to the line, “Moses commanded us a Torah, as a heritage of the congregation of Israel.” Noting that there...

September 1, 2020 5:31 am

Parshat Ki Tavo: Be Silent and Listen

During our first coronavirus lockdown, there was one question I was asked more than any other: What about prayer? Just when we needed it the...

August 26, 2020 4:00 am

Parshat Ki Teitse: Does Love Conquer All?

Our parsha this week contains more laws than any other. Some of them have generated much study and debate, especially two at the beginning --...

August 19, 2020 5:17 am

A Sage Is Greater Than a Prophet

In parshat Shoftim, Moses speaks about the great institutions of Judaism: courts, judges, officers, Kings, Priests, Levites, and Prophets. In the case of the Prophet,...

August 12, 2020 5:09 am

The Good Society Is One Whose Leaders and People Behave Morally

Moses, having set out the prologue and preamble to the covenant and its broad guiding principles, now turns to the details, which occupy the greater...

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...


University of Maryland Condemns Antisemitism After ‘Jewish Conspiracy...

On Thursday, University of Maryland president Darryll J. Pines strongly condemned the discovery of flyers promoting antisemitic conspiracies at fraternities...


Israel Designates Palestinian Civil Society Groups as Terrorists, UN ‘...

Israel on Friday designated six Palestinian civil society groups as terrorist organizations and accused them of funneling donor aid to...

Middle East

Top Oil Exporter Saudi Arabia Targets Net Zero Emissions by 2060

Saudi Arabia's crown prince said on Saturday that the world's top oil exporter aims to reach zero-net emissions by 2060 and more than double its annual target to reduce carbon...

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