About the Author


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


Making Love Last

Over the past few months I've been having conversations with leading thinkers, intellectuals,...

The Effective Critic

The first verse of Devarim, the fifth and culminating book of the Torah, sounds prosaic....

Miles To Go Before I Sleep

Etre ailleurs, "To be elsewhere - the great vice of this race, its great and secret virtue,...

Seven Principles for Maintaining Jewish Dialogue

How to overcome disagreements respectfully to ensure we continue to thrive as a people.

The Lost Masterpiece

We inherit what we truly love.

A People That Dwells Alone

Assimilation is no cure for Anti-Semitism.

Mortality and Meaning

Despite being human and imperfect, we are God's partners in creation.

The First Populist

What matters in Judaism is why the argument was undertaken and how it was conducted.

Are Religion and Science Destined to be in Conflict?

Each one is important, and when we understand the relationship between them, we will be able to appreciate how they can form a great partnership.

Seeing What Isn't There

Applying cognitive behavior therapy to the story of the spies.

Faith and Friendship

In this week's parsha Moshe reaches his lowest ebb. Not surprisingly. After all that had happened...

Lifting Heads

We are as important as we make other people feel.

The Two Journeys

The journey from is always easier than the journey to.

We Are What We Do Not Own

The late Maurice and Vivienne Wohl were one of the most remarkable couples I ever met. They were a...

In the Diary

Time management is more than management and larger than time. It is about life itself. God gives...

Love Is Not Enough

Relationships need rules and boundaries.

When Weakness Can Become a Strength

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

The Power of Praise

How to save your marriage.

Giving Thanks

Gratitude is the bedrock of Judaism.

The Call

The difference between a gift and a vocation.

Making Space

Creating a home for God on earth.

Anger: Its Uses and Abuses

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

Crushed for the Light

Great faith can turn pain into love and holy light.

Why We Value What We Make

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

The Power of Empathy

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

The Bond of Loyalty and Love

In the course of any life there are moments of awe and amazement when, with a full heart, you...

The Longer, Shorter Road

Lasting achievement takes time.

The Story We Tell

How to create a vibrant national identity.

Freewill: Use It Or Lose It

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

Why Judaism Should Matter to You

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks on the greatness of being Jewish.

God Loves Those Who Argue

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

Five Ideas for Life

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

What It Takes To Forgive

How Joseph was a trailblazer in the art of forgiveness.

The First Psychotherapist

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

Jews and Economics

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

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

The Struggle of Faith

Jacob was a Beethoven, not a Mozart.

Out of the Depths

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

Why Isaac? Why Jacob?

Why Isaac, not Ishmael? Why Jacob, not Esau? These are among the most searing questions in the...

The World's Oldest Man

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

The Space Between Us

The stories told in Bereishit chapters 21 and 22 - the sending away of Ishmael and the binding of...

Inner-Directedness

Being a Jew requires the courage to be different.

The Trace of God

The importance of seeing the image of God in others.

Sukkot and Living in the Age of Insecurity

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

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

Two Types of Hate

Unconditional, irrational hatred cannot be reasoned with.

The Consent of the Governed

The contribution of Tanakh, the Hebrew Bible, to political thought is fundamental, but not well...

The Limits of Grief

Judaism and striking the right balance of grief.

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