Why did Isaac love Esau?Inexplicable or natural?
Covenant & Conversation for HaazinuThe spirituality of song.
Covenant & Conversation for VayelechTo renew our days.
We are what we rememberCovenant & Conversation for Ki Tavo.
Covenant & Conversation for ShoftimThe greatness of humility.
Covenant & Conversation for EikevThe Spirituality of Listening.
Faith in the futureCovenant & Conversation for Chayei Sarah.
A Single Person with a Single HeartA message from Rabbi Sacks to Jews in Israel and around the world
The Courage to Live with UncertaintyA call to do something new, to take the road less travelled, to venture out into the unknown. Introductory article to Covenant & Conversation 5766.
In Memory of Rabbi Eitam & Naama HenkinA dvar Torah for Shabbat Chol Hamoed Sukkot
What Chapter will we write in the Book of Life?Extract from the Koren Sacks Yom Kippur machzor.
Love the Stranger Because You Were Once StrangersThat commandment calls upon Europe now.
Jerusalem: Beyond Time and SpaceRabbi Sacks recalls three moments about Jerusalem that changed his life.
The Therapeutic Joy of PurimThe simcha we celebrate throughout the month of Adar is different from the normal joy we feel when something good and positive has happened to us or our people.
Covenant & Conversation: The Face of EvilThe concept of an enemy.
God Himself Will WeepThe hate that starts with Jews never ends there.
In Memoriam: Eyal, Gilad and NaftaliEyal, Gilad and Naftali were killed by people who believed in death.
Seasons of LoveA short thought about the three biblical books about love.
A Short Purim ThoughtHow do you live with the past without being held captive by it?
Covenant & ConversationHow leaders fail.
Fragments of MemoryFor International Holocaust Memorial Day.
A Nation of LeadersThe Lord is our Shepherd, we are His flock, but He does not want us to act like sheep.
Women As LeadersYocheved, Miriam, Shifra, Puah, Zipporah and Batya were leaders not because of any official position they held.
Eight Thoughts for Eight Nights:Read one with your loved ones each night, or ponder it by yourself.
Covenant & Conversation: Be ThyselfNo one is stronger than one who knows who and what he is.
Covenant & Conversation: Dark TimesIs it greatness that leads to moments of despair, or moments of despair that lead to greatness?
G-d Does Not Expect Us to Get it Right Every TimeBritain's former Chief Rabbi sends a Rosh Hashana message about accepting guilt, repentance and forgiveness, rather than shame.
Covenant & Conversation: Judaism's Social VisionIf you seek to understand Judaism’s social vision, look at its anti-poverty legislation.
Closer to Israel: Speech at Trafalgar Square RallyThe Chief Rabbi's stirring words at this week's "Closer to Israel" rally in London's Trafalgar Square.
Covenant & Conversation: Holiness of ChildbirthThe Jewish way has always been different: to sanctify the physical – eating, drinking, sex and rest – making the life of the body a vehicle for the Divine Presence.
What We Owe the Warsaw Ghetto HeroesAnti-Semitism matters because it is an assault on Humanity.
A Message for PassoverA message from Ramses and a lesson for him.
On Gerald Scarfe's Cartoon in the Sunday TimesThe Chief Rabbi's reaction to the cartoon that showed PM Netanyahu building a stone wall with blood, while crushing Palestinian Arabs.
Five Rules for LifeHere are some of the ideas worth thinking about as we plan our lives.
8 Thoughts for 8 Nights - IIA thought for each night by the candles' glow.
The Hidden Story of HanukkahThe Chief Rabbi talks about the Festival of Lights.
Int'l Day for Elimination of Violence Against WomenA Jewish and Biblical message to husbands and wives on domestic violence versus "shalom bayit".
Covenant & Conversation: Between Prophecy and OracleThe future affects the past.
Covenant & Conversation on Chaye SaraHopes and Fears.
Joy is an Open Roof, an Open HeartThe roof is open in a sukkah, so is the door and so is our heart.
Covenant & Conversation: HaazinuMoses, the Man
The European's Skewed View of CircumcisionA Cologne court's decision that parents who give their son a brit are liable to prosecution is blatant anti-Semitism, call it as they will.
Covenant & Conversation for KorachA leader is a servant in Judaism. We are all G-d's servants.
Message and Special Prayer For Holocaust DayA call to remember from the depths of our soul.
Message for Passover 5772In the Passover story, we see how the story of one people can become the inspiration of many.
The Aesthetic in Judaism: TetsaveRabbi Sacks defines what the Torah means, in this week's reading, by the assertion that the priestly vestments were to represent: le-kavod ule-tifaret, “for dignity [or ‘honour’] and beauty.”
A Thought for Tu B'Shvat: The Stewardship ParadigmHuman beings are the Divinely appointed masters of the earth, but there are limits to how they may interact with the earth.
What is the Theme of the Stories of Genesis?What was different about the patriarchs? What news did they bring to the world?
The JourneyTo be a Jew means not to be fully at home in the world.
The Tragedy of Good IntentionsHonesty and openness are at the heart of strong relationships. Whatever our fears and trepidations, it is better to speak the truth than practice even the most noble deception.
A Journey of a Thousand MIlesAbraham does two things in this reading: he buys the first plot in the land of Canaan, and he arranges for the marriage of Isaac. What can we learn from this?
Walking TogetherThe father is in a state of absolute cognitive dissonance, yet – though he can make no sense of it – he trusts in God and betrays to his some no sign of emotion.
E.g. The Power of ExampleWhat is the reason in our Torah reading for the narrowing of focus from the universal human condition of Breishit and Noach to the story of one family? (At end, Rabbi Sacks' invocation this week at the US Senate).