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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 www.RabbiSacks.org.

ARTICLES BY: Jonathan Sacks


July 7, 2020 5:42 am
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Parshat Pinchas: Moral vs. Political Decisions

The coronavirus pandemic raised a series of deep moral and political issues. How far should governments go in seeking to prevent its spread? To what...

July 1, 2020 3:38 am
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The Hidden Meaning of the Bilam Story: The Power of Love

Many questions have rightly been asked about the story of Balak and Bilam and the would-be curses that turned into blessings. Was Bilam a true...

June 23, 2020 4:44 am
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Kohelet, Tolstoy, and the Red Heifer

The command of the parah adumah, the Red Heifer, with which our parsha begins, is known as the hardest of the mitzvot to understand. The...

June 16, 2020 6:40 am
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A Lesson From Korach: Stop Demonizing Those You Disagree With

Korach was swallowed up by the ground, but his spirit is still alive and well, and in the unlikeliest of places -- British and American...

June 9, 2020 5:57 am
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The 12 Spies and the Coronavirus: What Stories Do We Tell?

In March 2020, whilst launching a new book, I took part in a BBC radio program along with Mervyn King, who had been governor of...

June 2, 2020 6:11 am
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Parshat Beha’alotcha and Coronavirus: Loneliness and Faith

I have long been intrigued by one passage in this week’s parsha. After a lengthy stay in the Sinai desert, the people are about to...

May 26, 2020 6:33 am
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The Blessing of Love

I confess to a thrill every time I read these words: Tell Aaron and his sons, This is how you are to bless the Israelites. Say...

May 19, 2020 5:20 am
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Equality Begins With Education

The parsha of Bamidbar is generally read on the Shabbat before Shavuot, z’man matan torateinu -- “the time of the giving of our law,” the...

May 12, 2020 6:18 am
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The Power of a Curse: the Need for Deterrence

The book of Vayikra draws to a close by outlining the blessings that will follow if the people are faithful to their covenant with God....

May 7, 2020 5:20 am
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Parshat Emor and Coronavirus: The Only Guarantee Is Uncertainty

There is something very strange about the festival of Sukkot, on which our parsha is the primary source. On the one hand, it is the...

April 28, 2020 7:13 am
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The Ethic of Holiness

Kedoshim contains the two great love commands of the Torah. The first is, “Love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord” (Lev. 19:18). Rabbi Akiva called...

April 21, 2020 5:53 am
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A Lesson from the Torah: Vilification and Evil Speech Are Destroying the World

At the risk of disclosing a spoiler, I would like to begin this week’s Covenant & Conversation by discussing the 2019 film A Beautiful Day...

April 17, 2020 9:38 am
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Parshat Shemini: How Judaism Warned of Climate Change and Other Dangers

The story of Nadav and Avihu, Aaron’s two eldest sons who died on the day the Sanctuary was dedicated, is one of the most tragic...

April 1, 2020 8:01 am
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Parshat Tzav: Left- and Right-Brain Judaism

The institution of the Haftorah -- reading a passage from the prophetic literature alongside the Torah portion -- is an ancient one, dating back at...

Culture

Netflix Airs Anne Frank Documentary That Also Features Stories of Holocaust Survivors

A documentary titled “#Anne Frank — Parallel Stories” began streaming on Netflix this...

Features

The Overnight Camp Summer That Wasn’t

JNS.org - Dahlia Jones was looking forward to this summer. For six years, she’s been attending Eisner Camp, and this...

Jewish Day Schools Adapt to COVID-19

JNS.org - On a recent June night, 25 people, primarily young children, sat on their couches and watched as a...

World

Judea Pearl Among Recipients of Carnegie Corporation’s 2020 Great Imm...

Israeli-American scientist Judea Pearl and acclaimed Jewish-American graphic novelist Art Spiegelman were among those recently named as 2020 Great Immigrants by the...

Israel

Israeli Autonomous Vehicle Startup VayaVision Acquired by Canada’s Leddar...

CTech - Canadian company LeddarTech announced Tuesday it has acquired Israeli automotive company VayaVision Sensing. The financial terms of the...

Middle East

Currency Crisis Impoverishes Iranians, Strains Economic Defenses

Desperate to afford her daughter's overseas university fees, 58-year-old retired Iranian teacher Maryam Hosseini withdrew all her savings from the bank to buy US dollars. It was not enough. With three...

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