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ARTICLES BY: Jonathan Sacks

May 23, 2017 11:31 am

The Torah and the Jewish People: An Ever-Repeated Story

Bamidbar, our parsha this week, takes up the story where we left it at the end of Shemot. The Jewish people had journeyed from Egypt to Mount Sinai....

May 16, 2017 2:49 pm

Minority Rights in Judaism

One of the most striking features of the Torah is its emphasis on love of -- and vigilance toward -- the ger (stranger): Do not oppress a stranger; you...

May 10, 2017 12:53 pm

The Duality of Jewish Time

Time plays an enormous role in Judaism. The first thing that God declared holy was a day -- Shabbat -- at the conclusion of creation. The...

May 4, 2017 11:39 am

Judaism’s Three Voices

The nineteenth chapter of Vayikra (Leviticus), which starts this week's parsha, is one of the supreme statements of the ethics of the Torah. It’s about...

April 26, 2017 12:41 pm

We Must Praise People, Not Just God

The Sages understood tsara’at -- the theme of this week’s parsha -- not as an illness, but as a miraculous public exposure of the sin of lashon hara (speaking badly about others). Judaism...

April 5, 2017 6:53 am

We Must Plan for the Future, or Watch Our World Collapse

In her recent book, The Watchman’s Rattle (subtitled "Thinking our way out of extinction"), Rebecca Costa delivers a fascinating account of how civilizations die. Their problems become...

March 30, 2017 6:46 am

Atoning for Unwitting Sins

This week's parsha, Vayikra, is about sacrifices. And though the laws we learn in it have been inoperative for almost 2,000 years, the moral principles...

March 21, 2017 6:40 am

Why the Journey of Life Never Ends

Right at the end of the book of Shemot, there is a textual difficulty so slight that it is easy to miss. But -- as...

March 14, 2017 7:31 am

Is Shabbat the First Day or the Last?

In the immensely lengthy and detailed account of the making of the Tabernacle, the Torah tells the story twice: first via Divine instruction, and then by human implementation....

March 7, 2017 7:45 am

Aaron and Moses Taught Brothers to Live in Unity

Tetzaveh is the only sedra (Torah portion) between Exodus and Deuteronomy that does not contain the word “Moses." For once,  Moses -- the hero, the leader, the liberator, the lawgiver -- is...

February 28, 2017 7:41 am

The Architecture of Holiness

From this week's Torah portion to the end of the Book of Exodus, the holy book describes, in painstaking detail and great length, the construction of the...

February 21, 2017 6:00 am

God Can Only Push Us So Far — The Rest Is Up to Us

In Yitro, we encountered the Aseret Hadibrot -- the “ten utterances” (or general principles) of Judaism. Now, in Mishpatim, come the details. Here is how they...

February 15, 2017 7:57 am

Do We Seek Justice or Peace?

The parsha for Yitro, which contains the greatest Divine revelation in history (at Mount Sinai), begins on a note that is all too human. Yitro, the...

February 7, 2017 8:40 am

The Power of the Human Spirit

In September 2010, the BBC, Reuters and other news agencies reported on a sensational scientific discovery. Researchers at the US National Center for Atmospheric Research...


Abbas Honors Terrorists Ahead of Trump Visit

The Palestinian Authority (PA) honored two terrorists this month in the lead up to President Donald Trump's visit with PA...

US Veterans in Israel: Memorial Day Profiles in Courage and Healing (Part Two) - According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, approximately 20 veterans commit suicide across...


ADL Rejects Anti-Israel Activist Linda Sarsour Over BDS, Upholds Her ‘...

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) issued a sharp rejection on Thursday of the pro-BDS positions advocated by Linda Sarsour – the...


Netanyahu Presented With Plan to Transfer Some Eastern Jerusalem Neighborho... - Knesset member Dr. Anat Berko (Likud) has presented Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with a plan to separate some...

Middle East

Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov Defies Trump Over Iran’s Middle East ...

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov directly challenged US President Donald Trump's tough stance on Iran this week during a briefing...