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Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

]Rabbi Jonathan Sacks served as Britain’s chief rabbi from 1991 to 2013. He was recently named as the 2016 Templeton Prize Laureate. His latest book is Not in God’s Name: Confronting Religious Violence

Lifting Heads

Lifting Heads

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The word Naso that gives its name to this week's parsha is a verb of an extraordinary range of meanings, among them: to lift, to carry, and to ...


The Two Journeys

The Two Journeys

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The journey from is always easier than the journey to.


We Are What We Do Not Own

We Are What We Do Not Own

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The late Maurice and Vivienne Wohl were one of the most remarkable couples I ever met. They were a study in contrasts. Maurice was quiet, ...


In the Diary

In the Diary

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Time management is more than management and larger than time. It is about life itself. God gives us one thing above all: life itself. And He gives ...


Love Is Not Enough

Love Is Not Enough

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Relationships need rules and boundaries.


9 Quotes about Israel from Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

9 Quotes about Israel from Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

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Israel is the home of hope.


When Weakness Can Become a Strength

When Weakness Can Become a Strength

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What we think of as our greatest weakness can become, if we wrestle with it, our greatest strength.


The Power of Praise

The Power of Praise

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How to save your marriage.


Giving Thanks

Giving Thanks

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Gratitude is the bedrock of Judaism.


The Call

The Call

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The difference between a gift and a vocation.


Making Space

Making Space

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Creating a home for God on earth.


Anger: Its Uses and Abuses

Anger: Its Uses and Abuses

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We should never feel anger. But there are times when we should show it.


Crushed for the Light

Crushed for the Light

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Great faith can turn pain into love and holy light.


Why We Value What We Make

Why We Value What We Make

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Why the greatest gift is to give people the chance to create.


The Power of Empathy

The Power of Empathy

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You have been oppressed; therefore come to the rescue of the oppressed, whoever they are.


The Bond of Loyalty and Love

The Bond of Loyalty and Love

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In the course of any life there are moments of awe and amazement when, with a full heart, you thank God shehecheyanu vekiyemanu vehigiyanu lazeman ...


The Longer, Shorter Road

The Longer, Shorter Road

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Lasting achievement takes time.


The Story We Tell

The Story We Tell

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How to create a vibrant national identity.


Freewill:  Use It Or Lose It

Freewill: Use It Or Lose It

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Freedom is not a given, nor is it an absolute. We have to work for it.


Why Judaism Should Matter to You

Why Judaism Should Matter to You

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Rabbi Jonathan Sacks on the greatness of being Jewish.


God Loves Those Who Argue

God Loves Those Who Argue

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A safe space is not one in which you silence dissenting views.


Five Ideas for Life

Five Ideas for Life

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Some ideas worth thinking about as we begin our journey into a new calendar year.


What It Takes To Forgive

What It Takes To Forgive

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How Joseph was a trailblazer in the art of forgiveness.


The First Psychotherapist

The First Psychotherapist

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How to change the way we feel by changing the way we think.


Jews and Economics

Jews and Economics

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Why there are so many Jewish lawyers fighting injustice, doctors fighting disease, teachers fighting ignorance, and economists fighting poverty.


Improbable Endings and the Defeat of Despair

Improbable Endings and the Defeat of Despair

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We live life facing the future, but we understand life only when it has become our past.


The Struggle of Faith

The Struggle of Faith

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Jacob was a Beethoven, not a Mozart.


Out of the Depths

Out of the Depths

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Sometimes it is when we feel most alone that we discover we are not alone.


Why Isaac?  Why Jacob?

Why Isaac? Why Jacob?

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Why Isaac, not Ishmael? Why Jacob, not Esau? These are among the most searing questions in the whole of Judaism. It is impossible to read Genesis ...


The World's Oldest Man

The World's Oldest Man

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To survive tragedy and trauma, first build the future. Only then, remember the past.


The Space Between Us

The Space Between Us

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The stories told in Bereishit chapters 21 and 22 - the sending away of Ishmael and the binding of Isaac - are among the hardest to understand in the ...


Inner-Directedness

Inner-Directedness

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Being a Jew requires the courage to be different.


The Trace of God

The Trace of God

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The importance of seeing the image of God in others.


Sukkot and Living in the Age of Insecurity

Sukkot and Living in the Age of Insecurity

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Throughout the ages Jews experienced risk and uncertainty, yet they still rejoiced while sitting under the shadow of faith.


Understanding Prayer: 10 Short Videos on How Prayer Can Change Your Life

Understanding Prayer: 10 Short Videos on How...

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Engaging heart, mind and soul in this central Jewish practice.


Covenant & Conversation

Covenant & Conversation

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The centrality of speech.


Two Types of Hate

Two Types of Hate

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Unconditional, irrational hatred cannot be reasoned with.


The Consent of the Governed

The Consent of the Governed

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The contribution of Tanakh, the Hebrew Bible, to political thought is fundamental, but not well known. In this study I want to look at the ...


The Limits of Grief

The Limits of Grief

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Judaism and striking the right balance of grief.


Why Civilisations Fail

Why Civilisations Fail

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The real challenge is not poverty but affluence, not insecurity but security, not slavery but freedom.


Philosophy or Prophecy?

Philosophy or Prophecy?

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What was the first commandment? On this there are two fascinating disagreements in Judaism. One was between Moses Maimonides (1135-1204) and the ...


Facing the Future without Fear, Together

Facing the Future without Fear, Together

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Three ways we can move from the politics of "me" to the politics of "all of us, together."


The Book of the Covenant

The Book of the Covenant

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As we begin reading the fifth and final book of the Torah, I would like to discuss three questions. First, why does the book of Devarim have the ...


Influence and Power

Influence and Power

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Joshua’s two crucial roles and Judaism’s ambivalence about power.


A People That Dwells Alone

A People That Dwells Alone

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The Jewish people bear witness to God’s presence in this world.


The Mutation of Anti-Semitism

The Mutation of Anti-Semitism

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Why the rise of anti-Semitism across Europe and around the world presents a danger not just for Jews, but for all who care about our common humanity.


Descartes' Error

Descartes' Error

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In his recent bestseller, The Social Animal, New York Times columnist David Brooks writes: We are living in the middle of the revolution in ...


A Lesson in Conflict Resolution

A Lesson in Conflict Resolution

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Why didn’t the death of Korach and his followers end the conflict?


Freedom Needs Patience

Freedom Needs Patience

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God gives us the space to express our human freedom, choice and responsibility.


Leadership Beyond Despair

Leadership Beyond Despair

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Great Jewish leaders feel they’re summoned to a task that must be done however inadequate they know themselves to be.