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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

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.


The Pursuit of Peace

The Pursuit of Peace

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Peace isn’t merely the absence of war or strife. It means completeness, perfection.


Rabbi Jonathan Sacks: What Jerusalem Means to Me

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks: What Jerusalem Means to Me

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Celebrating the 50th anniversary of reunification.


Minority Rights

Minority Rights

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One of the most striking features of the Torah is its emphasis on love of, and vigilance toward, the ger, the stranger: Do not oppress a stranger; ...


Judaism's Three Voices

Judaism's Three Voices

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The ethics of the king, the priest and the prophet.


Is There Such a Thing as Good Speech?

Is There Such a Thing as Good Speech?

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Evil speech puts people down, good speech lifts them up.


The Light of Holiness

The Light of Holiness

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Becoming partners with God in creation.


Why Civilasations Die

Why Civilasations Die

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In her recent "The Watchman's Rattle", subtitled 'Thinking our way out of extinction', Rebecca Costa delivers a fascinating account of how ...


Matzah: Symbol of Oppression or Liberty?

Matzah: Symbol of Oppression or Liberty?

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Primo Levi’s account of his experiences in Auschwitz gave me the answer.


The Sin Offering

The Sin Offering

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Why should unintentional sins require atonement at all? What guilt is involved?


Encampments and Journeys

Encampments and Journeys

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The depth of what it means to be a wandering Jew.


The Sabbath: First Day or Last?

The Sabbath: First Day or Last?

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In the immensely lengthy and detailed account of the making of the Tabernacle, the Torah tells the story twice: first (Ex. 25:1 - 31:17) as Divine ...


Who is Honored?

Who is Honored?

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Tetzaveh is the only sedra from the beginning of Exodus to the end of Deuteronomy, that does not contain the word "Moses". For once Moses, ...


Why the BDS Campaign against Israel is Dangerously Wrong

Why the BDS Campaign against Israel is Dangerously...

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Beneath the surface it's an attempt to delegtimize Israel as a prelude to its elimination.


God's Nudge

God's Nudge

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First in Yitro there were the aseret hadibrot, the "ten utterances" or general principles. Now in Mishpatim come the details. Here is how ...


Justice or Peace?

Justice or Peace?

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Moses and the art of compromise.


The Power of Ruach

The Power of Ruach

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Exploring the nature of the miracle in splitting the sea.


Jewish Time

Jewish Time

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Judaism and the birth of hope.


What Is the Theme of the Stories of Genesis?

What Is the Theme of the Stories of Genesis?

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Covenant and the intimacy of marriage.


The Jewish Journey

The Jewish Journey

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To be a Jew means to live within the tension between the world that is and the world we are called on to make.


The Birth of the World's Oldest Hatred

The Birth of the World's Oldest Hatred

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Understanding the roots of anti-Semitism.


Why Did Isaac Love Esau?

Why Did Isaac Love Esau?

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Sometimes love can do what rebuke cannot.


A Journey of a Thousand Miles

A Journey of a Thousand Miles

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Why Abraham and Sarah died at peace despite their tumultuous lives.


The Miracle of a Child

The Miracle of a Child

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Judaism is a sustained discipline in not taking life for granted.


On Being a Jewish Parent

On Being a Jewish Parent

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Meet the most influential man who ever lived.


Individual and Collective Responsibility

Individual and Collective Responsibility

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The Flood tells us what happens to civilization when individuals rule. Babel tells us what happens when the collective rules and individuals are sacrificed to it.


The Faith of God

The Faith of God

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Far more than we have faith in God, God has faith in us.


Sukkot: The Dual Festival

Sukkot: The Dual Festival

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An in-depth exploration of Sukkot and its focus on Jewish particularity and universality.


The Spirituality of Song

The Spirituality of Song

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With Haazinu we climb to one of the peaks of Jewish spirituality. For a month Moses had taught the people. He had told them their history and ...


Understanding Anti-Semitism Today

Understanding Anti-Semitism Today

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In any given period of history, anti-Semitism is justified by culture’s highest source of authority. Today that is human rights.


To Renew Our Days

To Renew Our Days

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The moment had come. Moses was about to die. He had seen his sister Miriam and brother Aaron pre-decease him. He had prayed to God - not to live ...


Not In Heaven

Not In Heaven

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When I was a student at university in the late 1960s - the era of student protests, psychedelic drugs, and the Beatles meditating with the Maharishi ...


We Are What We Remember

We Are What We Remember

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Jews have told the story of who we are for longer and more devotedly than any other people on the face of the earth.


Love Is Not Enough

Love Is Not Enough

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In a parsha laden with laws, one in particular is full of fascination. Here it is: If a man has two wives, one loved, the other unloved [senuah, ...


The Greatness of Humility

The Greatness of Humility

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Judaism’s spiritual revolution.