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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

May 7, 2020 5:20 am

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

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

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

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

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...

March 25, 2020 8:15 am

Anyone Who Mistreats Other Human Beings Is Not a Pious or Religious Jew

Sacrifices, the subject of this week’s parsha, were central to the religious life of Biblical Israel. We see this not only by the sheer space...

March 18, 2020 6:28 am

This Week’s Parsha: Communities and Crowds

Melanie Reid is a journalist who writes a regular column for London's The Times. A quadriplegic with a wry lack of self-pity, she calls her...

March 10, 2020 5:16 am

Parhsat Ki Tissa: Moses Annuls a Vow

Kol Nidre, the prayer said at the beginning of Yom Kippur, is an enigma wrapped in a mystery, perhaps the strangest text ever to capture...

March 5, 2020 8:14 am

Parshat Tetzaveh: Dressing to Impress

Tetzaveh, with its elaborate description of the “sacred vestments” which the Priests and the High Priest wore “for glory and for splendor,” seems to run...

February 25, 2020 9:23 am

What Do We Receive When We Give?

The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Tell the Israelites to take an offering for Me; take My offering from all whose heart moves them to...

February 18, 2020 8:15 am

Parshat Mishpatim: We Must Understand in Our Own Way

Two words we read toward the end of our parsha -- na’aseh ve-nishma, “We will do and we will hear” -- are among the most...

February 11, 2020 10:33 am

Judaism Demands That We Respect ‘The Other’

The quintessential Jewish expression of thanks, gratitude, and acknowledgment is Baruch Hashem, meaning “Thank God” or “Praise be to the Lord.” Hasidim say of the Baal...

February 4, 2020 9:38 am

Parshat Beshallach: Crossing Our Own Red Sea

Our parsha this week begins with an apparently simple proposition: When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them on the road through the...

January 28, 2020 9:13 am

Why Storytelling Is Essential to Jews and Judaism

Sometimes others know us better than we know ourselves. In the year 2000, a British Jewish research institute came up with a proposal that Jews...


Young Global Jewry at Forefront of Fight Against COVID-19

Masa Israel Journey, a leader in immersive international experiences in Israel founded by the Jewish Agency and government of Israel,...

Checking in on COVID-19 and Jewish Seniors - As America’s battle with the novel coronavirus has raged on, America’s Jewish community has suffered its share of...

Celebrating the Banai Family and the History of Israel in Jerusalem - Museums are in crisis all over the world due to the...


Greek, Turkish Warships in ‘Mini Collision’ Ankara Calls Provoc...

A Greek and a Turkish warship were involved in a mild collision on Wednesday during a standoff in the eastern...


As UAE Hails Israel Accord, Silence From Saudi Arabia

As media and people in the United Arab Emirates hailed the Gulf state's deal to normalize relations with Israel as a diplomatic victory that helps the Palestinians, silence reigned in...

Middle East

Iran’s President Says UAE Made ‘Huge Mistake’ With Israel...

The United Arab Emirates has made a "huge mistake" in reaching a deal toward normalizing ties with Israel, Iran’s President...

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