About the Author


Rabbi Yaakov Asher Sinclair

In 1972, Rabbi Yaakov Asher Sinclair opened SARM Studios the first 24-track recording studio in Europe where Queen mixed “Bohemian Rhapsody”. His music publishing company, Druidcrest Music published the music for The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1973) and as a record producer, he co-produced the quadruple-platinum debut album by American band “Foreigner” (1976). American Top ten singles from this album included, “Feels Like The First Time”, “Cold as Ice” and “Long, Long Way from Home”. Other production work included “The Enid – In the Region of the Summer Stars”, “The Curves”, and “Nutz” as well as singles based on The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy with Douglas Adams and Richard O’Brien. Other artists who used SARM included: ABC, Alison Moyet, Art of Noise, Brian May, The Buggles, The Clash, Dina Carroll, Dollar, Flintlock, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Grace Jones, It Bites, Malcolm McLaren, Nik Kershaw, Propaganda, Rush, Rik Mayall, Stephen Duffy, and Yes.

In 1987, he settled in Jerusalem to immerse himself in the study of Torah. His two Torah books The Color of Heaven, on the weekly Torah portion, and Seasons of the Moon met with great critical acclaim. Seasons of the Moon, a unique fine-art black-and-white photography book combining poetry and Torah essays, has now sold out and is much sought as a collector’s item fetching up to $250 for a mint copy.

He is much in demand as an inspirational speaker both in Israel, Great Britain and the United States. He was Plenary Keynote Speaker at the Agudas Yisrael Convention, and Keynote Speaker at Project Inspire in 2018. Rabbi Sinclair lectures in Talmud and Jewish Philosophy at Ohr Somayach/Tannenbaum College of Judaic studies in Jerusalem and is a senior staff writer of the Torah internet publications Ohrnet and Torah Weekly. His articles have been published in The Jewish Observer, American Jewish Spirit, AJOP Newsletter, Zurich’s Die Jüdische Zeitung, South African Jewish Report and many others.

Rabbi Sinclair was born in London, and lives with his family in Jerusalem. He was educated at St. Anthony’s Preparatory School in Hampstead, Clifton College, and Bristol University.


Lions of the Soul

Were The Six Million "Lambs to the Slaughter?" Maybe they were "Lions of the Soul?" A different way of seeing this brief walk between to darknesses.

Hearing the Still Small Voice

God communicates with us through our emotions as well our minds.

The Importance of Shoelaces

Some things in Judaism look really weird- but if you look a little deeper you'll find amazing concepts and revelations.

The Tiny "I"

Humility - the essential character trait. Two minutes on the Parshat Vayikra.

CoronaVirus - A Last Holiday

What would you if you knew you only had six weeks to live?

An Audience With The Queen

How do you feel when your audience with Her Majesty goes on for half an hour longer than scheduled?

A World of Blessing

How to make your world full of blessing based on the weekly Torah portion of Pekudei.

Forgiveness is Forever

However far we feel from God, He is always waiting for us at the dead-ends of our life.

Throw Away Your Props!

Sometimes in life we can mistake the nonsense for the essence. The tallit reminds us to keep our eye on what is really important.

The Body is a Spacesuit

Why do religious people cover their bodies so much?

Purim: The Last Laugh

The deeper connection between laughter and the Jewish holiday of Purim.

The Jewish People is One

An interesting experience I had as a student in Teheran in 1969.

Jewish Continuity

The Jewish People are in the midst of an indentity crisis. Who are we?

Excape the Task Master!

Sometimes life just seems to be one obligation after another. Here's a way to turn your tasks into life-enhancing positive experiences.

Where is God in the World?

Sometimes it's difficult see that there is Someone running this world. If you've ever felt that way, you're in good company because even Moses felt that way. What changed his mind?

Throw Away Your Ritalin?

Maybe there's another reason for ADD/ADHD that we don't want to admit?

Fame - I'm Gonna Live Forever!

What's the connection between Pharaoh and a 1980's pop song?

How I Became an Ambassador for Israel

In Egypt the Jewish People didn't change their names, their dress, or their language. They were a very conspicuous minority. As we began - so we continue...

The Difference between Fun and Happiness

Rabbi Sinclair gives a guaranteed way to build self-esteem.

"What does 'Jew' mean?" - Parshat Vayigash

Dictionary.com says the verb 'to jew" means 'to bargain sharply with; beat down in price (often followed by down)." But what is the real meaning of this name?

The Secret of the Dreidel: A Snapshot of Jewish History

More than a children's game, the little dreidel contains the story of the Jewish people and the history of the whole world.

How to Beat Depression - Parshat Miketz

How do you take the wisdom of happiness into the despair of depression? Happiness and depression are like two worlds that have absolutely no point of communication. Based on Parshat Miketz, Rabbi Sinclair suggests a way on lightening the days when everything seems black.

Tis the Season of....Unboxing Videos

Over the next few days billions of presents will be un-boxed. What is the fascination of watching people doing this?

What is Life?

Can philosophy answer the question "What is life all about? Rabbi Sinclair suggests there is a way to self-knowledge and God-knowledge which goes beyond philosophy and yet is within the reach of each one of us.

The Quinona Miracle

Quinona is well-known as a 'miracle' food. However, recent evidence shows that it may have spiritual benefits as well...

Taxi!

An empty synagogue with nine empty taxis outside with their meters clocking up 80 shekels of waiting time. Can you guess what's going on here? A heart warming story about the children still connecting back to the Fathers - and beyond.

Seeing in the Dark

I never understood what it meant to see until I had an experience of blindness.

A Life Changing Experience

Is disbelief in God logical or psychological?

The Ugly Duckling

"There is no man who does not have his hour and no thing that does not have its place" (Ethics of the Fathers 4:3) And that's true for even a little-used key on your keyboard. Can you guess what it is?

A Hitchiker's Guide to Eternity

Stress is a killer. How can we deal with it? Rabbi Sinclair offers a solution based on an insight he had while hitchiking

The Greatest Artist That Ever Lived

The world's greatest artist wasn't Michaelangelo or Leonardo da Vinci. So who was the greatest artist ever and why? Rabbi Sinclair gives his vote.

What's the Most Important Thing in the World?

The Sabbath is the Jewish People's greatest gift to the world. Why? Rabbi Sinclair gives one answer in this three minute video.

Simcha of the Hidden Torah

A wonderful True Story for Simchat Torah

Original Paintwork

What's the connection between Yom Kippur and a car wash?

The Jew And The King of Morocco

A touching tale for Rosh Hashana about a Jewish businessman's meeting with the King of Morocco.

Sign of the Times

In a world of uncertainty and confusion, the Jewish People have the only reliable guide.

How to Choose the Ideal Life Partner

How do you choose the right marriage partner? Rabbi Sinclair brings a sound piece of advice from this week's Torah Portion.

Seeing and Seeming

Things aren't always the way they seem. The Torah's spiritual eyes reveal to us truths invisible to the human eye

How you can give to God

If God is perfect in every way, how can we give Him anything? He already has everything. And yet the Torah in many places speaks of 'giving' to God. Rabbi Sinclair offers a solution to this conundrum.

Facebook Confession

In this short video based on the weekly Torah portion Eikev, Rabbi Sinclair explores the effects of the iPhone and other WMD (Weapons of Mass Distraction) on our relationship with God and our fellow human beings.

Where was God in the Holocaust?

Where was God in the Holocaust? The priest of Auschwitz gives his answer.

The Song Remains The Same

Why have the Jews been wandering for the last 2000 years?

Bentley For A Day

Why don't physical things make us that happy?

Only One Job

A Jew has only one job in this world - though sometimes it may not seem like that... Rabbi Sinclair explains what that one job is.

The Arabs' Secret Weapon

Rabbi Sinclair exposes a secret weapon of the Arabs

Hocus Pocus

Why do Jews strap black boxes on their arms and on their heads? Isn't that kinda weird?

Engulf and Devour

How much does Stevie Wonder get for a 40 minute gig for 6 people?

The Eye of the Beholder

Why is it some people fall in love with the Land of Israel - and others leave baffled by it?

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