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Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

Rabbi Sacks is the former Chief Rabbi of the UK and the Commonwealth, philosopher and the author of 25 books.

Self and Sacrifice

Self and Sacrifice

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The laws of sacrifices that dominate the early chapters of the book of Vayikra / Leviticus, are among the hardest in the Torah to relate to - for it ...


Mirrors of Love

Mirrors of Love

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Love as a means to reach the Divine.


The Birth of a New Freedom

The Birth of a New Freedom

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Witnessing the birth of a new idea is a little like watching the birth of a galaxy through the Hubble Space Telescope. We can witness just such an ...


The Aesthetic in Judaism

The Aesthetic in Judaism

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Why is the Torah so specific and emphatic, in this week's parsha, about the clothes to be worn by the Kohen and the Kohen Gadol? "These are the ...


The Architecture of Holiness

The Architecture of Holiness

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Why precision matters in spirituality.


The Custom That Refused To Die

The Custom That Refused To Die

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There's an enthralling story about the Ten Commandments and the role they played in Jewish worship and the synagogue. It begins with a little-known ...


Music, Language of the Soul

Music, Language of the Soul

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For the first time since their departure from Egypt the Israelites do something together. They sing. "Then sang Moses and the children of ...


The Necessity of Asking Questions

The Necessity of Asking Questions

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Intelligence is God's greatest gift to humanity.


Freedom and Truth

Freedom and Truth

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Why did Moses tell Pharaoh, if not a lie, then less than the full truth? Here is the conversation between him and Pharaoh after the fourth plague, ...


Who Am I?

Who Am I?

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Identifying with the Jewish People.


The Last Tears

The Last Tears

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At almost every stage of fraught encounter between Joseph and his family in Egypt, Joseph weeps. There are seven scenes of tears: 1. When the ...


The Day Forgiveness Was Born

The Day Forgiveness Was Born

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Humanity changed the day Joseph forgave his brothers.


The Author of Our Lives

The Author of Our Lives

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Attributing success to God.


What is the Theme of Stories of Genesis?

What is the Theme of Stories of Genesis?

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One of the most fundamental questions about the Torah turns out to be one of the hardest to answer. What, from the call of God to Abraham in Genesis ...


The Jewish Journey

The Jewish Journey

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To be a Jew means not to be fully at home in the world.


The Birth of the World's Oldest Hate

The Birth of the World's Oldest Hate

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The roots of anti-Semitism.


The Tragedy of Good Intentions

The Tragedy of Good Intentions

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Why did Rebecca tell Jacob to acquire the blessing through deceipt?


E.g.: The Power of Example

E.g.: The Power of Example

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So familiar are we with the story of Abraham that we do not always stop to think about what a strange turn it is in the biblical narrative. If we ...


Individual and Collective Responsibility

Individual and Collective Responsibility

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I once had the opportunity to ask the Catholic writer Paul Johnson what had struck him most about Judaism during the long period he spent ...


The Faith of God

The Faith of God

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There is a deep question at the heart of Jewish faith, and it is very rarely asked. As the Torah opens we see God creating the universe day by day, ...


Walking Together

Walking Together

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There is one image that haunts us across the millennia, fraught with emotion. It is the image of a man and his son walking side-by-side across a ...


A Journey of a Thousand Miles

A Journey of a Thousand Miles

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Our parsha contains the most serene description of old age and dying anywhere in the Torah: “Then Abraham breathed his last and died at a good ...


The One Word that Can Change Your Life

The One Word that Can Change Your Life

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The power of saying, "I'm sorry."


How to Reverse the West's Decline

How to Reverse the West's Decline

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The greatest civilizations eventually fall due to their own internal decay.


The Future of European Jewry

The Future of European Jewry

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Those who deny Jews or Israel their freedom will lose, or fail to gain, their own.


Christianity's Rise in China

Christianity's Rise in China

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China realizes what the West is rapidly forgetting: a civilization is as strong as its faith.


British Academic Freedom?

British Academic Freedom?

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The anti-Israel campaign raises the question: Does academic freedom exist on campus?


Letters to the Next Generation: Yom Kippur Reflections

Letters to the Next Generation: Yom Kippur...

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It's never too late to start again. A stirring 23-page pdf ebook.


The Meaning of Kol Nidrei

The Meaning of Kol Nidrei

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The extraordinary history and lesson of this moving prayer.


Did You Ask A Good Question Today?

Did You Ask A Good Question Today?

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Judaism is a religion of questions.


God's Alarm Clock

God's Alarm Clock

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Maximizing our greatest gift – time.


Humanity's Litmus Test

Humanity's Litmus Test

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We cannot write the future. Only our children can do that.


Work and Human Dignity

Work and Human Dignity

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Why the highest form of tzedakah is helping someone find a job.


Israel Struggles

Israel Struggles

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If there were justice in the world, Israel would be seen as a role model among the nations.


Economics Needs Ethics

Economics Needs Ethics

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No amount of regulation will restore our sense of honor andshame.


Israel: The Gateway of Hope

Israel: The Gateway of Hope

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The Jewish connection with Israel goes back 4,000 years to the first recorded syllables of Jewish time.


The New Anti-Semitism

The New Anti-Semitism

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What it is and how to deal with it.


Can a Country be Born in a Day?

Can a Country be Born in a Day?

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God has brought His people home and promised to one day give them peace. No people need it more. No people have earned it more.


Seeking Peace

Seeking Peace

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Let us say to our enemies: We do not seek our freedom at the cost of yours; therefore do not seek yours at the cost of ours.


Will Our Children Marry Jewish

Will Our Children Marry Jewish

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The Chief Rabbi of the British Commonwealth spells out his view on the issue of Jewish continuity and how to achieve it.


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