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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

July 7, 2020 5:42 am

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...


Biden Condemns Antisemitism Following Ye Rant

US President Joe Biden on Friday issued a harsh condemnation of antisemitism following rapper Kanye West’s Thursday appearance on Alex Jones’ conspiracy-laden talk show InfoWars. “The Holocaust happened. Hitler was a...


Algemeiner Honorary Chairman Dovid Efune Issues Clarion Call To Fight Antis...

Honorary Chairman of The Algemeiner Dovid Efune told attendees of the 9th annual J100 Gala on Tuesday that The Algemeiner...

Middle East

Niece of Iran’s Supreme Leader Urges World to Cut Ties with Tehran in...

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's niece, a well known rights activist, has called on foreign governments to cut all...

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