Tuesday, January 25th | 23 Shevat 5782


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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

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...

January 21, 2020 9:38 am

Parshat Vaera: The Weighing of the Heart

In this week’s parsha, before even the first plague has struck Egypt, God tells Moses: “I will harden Pharaoh’s heart and multiply My miraculous signs...

January 14, 2020 9:56 am

Parshat Shemot: Honor the Past, But Live in the Future

Some measure of the radicalism that is introduced into the world by the story of the Exodus can be seen in the sustained mistranslation of...

January 9, 2020 9:16 am

Parshat Vayechi: Family, Faith, and Freedom

If you want to understand what a book is about, look carefully at how it ends. Genesis ends with three deeply significant scenes. First, Jacob blesses...

January 3, 2020 9:02 am

Parshat Vayigash: The Power of Reinterpreting the Past

In this week's parsha, Joseph does something unusual. Revealing himself to his brothers, fully aware that they will suffer shock and then guilt as they...

December 17, 2019 8:42 am

Parshat Vayeshev: How Fate Guides the Course of History

The story of Joseph and his brothers, spread over four parshiyot, is the longest and most tightly-scripted of all the narratives in the Torah. Nothing...


Tufts University Unveils Plan on Antisemitism as More Than Half of Students...

Tufts University is taking new steps to address antisemitism based on a "troubling" survey showing that Jewish students are concealing...


Netanyahu Rejects ‘Moral Turpitude’ Clause in Plea Deal

i24 News – Former Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu published a video on Monday in which he vowed to remain leader of the Likud Party, stressing that he did not...

Middle East

UAE Blocks Missiles as Yemen’s Houthis Attack Region’s Business...

The United Arab Emirates, the tourism and commercial hub of the Gulf region, on Monday said it had foiled a...


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