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ARTICLES BY: Jonathan Sacks

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...

July 3, 2018 10:05 am

Parshat Pinchas: Jews Must Love Judaism, or the Faith Dies

A true story that took place in 1995 concerned the legacy of an unusual man with an unusual name: Mr Ernest Onians, a farmer in...

June 28, 2018 8:11 am

Parsha Balak: Assimilation Won’t Solve Antisemitism

This is an extraordinary moment in Jewish history for good and not-so-good reasons. For the first time in almost 4,000 years, we have simultaneously sovereignty and...

June 20, 2018 7:29 am

Parsha Chukat: The Consolations of Mortality

Parsha Chukat is about mortality. In it, we read about the death of two of Israel’s three great leaders in the wilderness -- Miriam and Aaron -- and the...

June 12, 2018 10:36 am

Korach: The First Demagogue and Populist

The story of Korach has much to teach us about one of the most disturbing phenomena of our time: the rise of populism in contemporary...

June 6, 2018 10:26 am

Parsha Shelach Lecha: Seeing What Isn’t There

In Philadelphia, there lives a gentle, gracious, grey-haired man, by now in his late-90s, whom Elaine and I have had the pleasure of meeting several...

May 30, 2018 11:34 am

Parsha Beha’alotcha — The Necessity of Friends

In this week’s parsha, Moshe reaches his lowest ebb. After all that had happened -- the miracles, the exodus, the division of the sea, food from...

May 23, 2018 9:02 am

Parshat Bamidbar: Stay Focused on Your Dreams

The books of Shemot and Bamidbar have some striking similarities. They are both about journeys. They both portray the Israelites as quarrelsome and ungrateful. Both...

May 16, 2018 9:38 am

Parsha Bechukotai — In Search of Why

The most often quoted of all Nietzsche’s remarks -- indeed one of the most quoted sentences in recent times -- is his statement, “One who has a why to...

May 8, 2018 7:30 am

Why We Must Give to Those in Need

The late Maurice and Vivienne Wohl were one of the most remarkable couples I ever met. They were a study in contrasts. Maurice was quiet,...

April 25, 2018 12:46 pm

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

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

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...


Israel Gets Set to Land Its First Spacecraft on the Moon - "Houston, the Eagle has landed” will soon be a common refrain for Israelis. While famed entrepreneur Elon Musk sent...

The Integration Between Israeli and American Jews in New Jersey - Rather than a classroom setting, New Jersey middle and high school students participating in the Israeli-American Council’s (IAC)...

Senior US Police and Public Safety Officials Boost Skills in Israel - After two intensive weeks of public-safety leadership training with Israel’s top police...


In ‘Historic’ Ruling, US Judge Finds Jews Entitled to Race-Base...

A federal judge found on Friday that Jewish people are entitled to protection from race-based employment discrimination under the Civil...


Insider Threat Management Firm ObserveIT Raises $33 Million

ObserveIT, a provider of insider threat management software, said on Tuesday it raised $33 million in a private funding round with participation from Bain Capital Ventures and Spring Lake Equity...

Middle East

Iranian Security Forces Arrest Four Members of Suspected Islamic State Cell

Security forces in southwest Iran have arrested four suspected Islamic State operatives who were planning attacks, Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi was cited as saying by the Tasnim news agency on...