Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

Destructive & Self-Destructive

What is so wrong about eating blood? Maimonides and Nahmanides offer conflicting interpretations., 3/22/2019, 5:11 AM

Vayikra: The pursuit of meaning

We are here because God wanted us to be, because there is a task He wants us to perform. The search for meaning is the quest for this task. , 3/13/2019, 10:38 PM

On Jewish Character: Pekudei

Jews may not always make the right choices in what they give to, but they give. , 3/8/2019, 1:48 AM

The beauty of holiness or the holiness of beauty

Covenant & Conversation for Vayakhel., 3/1/2019, 4:10 PM

A stiff-necked people

Covenant and conversation for Ki Tisa., 2/22/2019, 3:56 PM

Terumah: A portable home

Covenant & Conversation - thoughts on the weekly Torah reading., 2/7/2019, 7:59 AM

The Stewardship Paradigm – A thought for Tu Bishvat

We do not own nature – “The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof.” (Psalm 24:1) We are its stewards on behalf of God, who created and owns everything. As guardians of the earth, we are duty-bound to respect its integrity., 1/20/2019, 4:12 PM

The future of the past

Covenant and Conversation for Vayechi., 12/20/2018, 2:41 PM

The light of Judaism

A short shiur on Hanukkah., 12/4/2018, 8:00 AM

Refusing comfort, keeping hope; Vayeshev

Covenant & Conversation for Vayeshev., 11/29/2018, 7:34 AM

Judaism and Islam

Yes, there was conflict and separation; but that was the beginning, not the end., 11/3/2018, 6:55 PM

Vezot Habracha: Unfinished symphony

Did it really have to end that way?, 9/28/2018, 10:19 AM

A nail of faith: The first time I built a Sukkah

Here is what happened the first time I put up a sukkah., 9/22/2018, 7:56 PM

Bechukotai: In search of the "Why"

The infinite spaces are not silent. Beneath and beyond them is the still, small voice of God, and it is this that gives meaning to history and to our individual lives., 5/11/2018, 8:50 AM

Love is not enough

Clear rules create and sustain a social order. That is where real love – not the sentimental, self-deceiving substitute – belongs. , 4/24/2018, 9:27 PM

The power of empathy

LIFE-CHANGING IDEA #18: If you seek to change anyone’s behaviour, you have to enter into their mindset, and then say word or do the deed that speaks to their emotions, not yours., 2/12/2018, 12:50 PM

The bond of loyalty and love

If you find yourself in a situation of conflict that threatens to break something apart, framing a covenant will help keep people together. There are certain things we can do together that none of us can do alone., 2/1/2018, 8:29 AM

The longer, shorter road

The life-changing idea symbolised by the route God led the Israelites on when they left Egypt is that there are no fast tracks., 1/25/2018, 7:25 AM

The politics of hope

Life should not be a zero-sum game., 1/16/2018, 8:05 AM

Freewill: Use it or lose It

Vaera 5778: Freedom is a muscle that needs to be exercised: use it or lose it. That is a life-transforming idea., 1/11/2018, 7:26 AM

God loves those who argue

LIFE-CHANGING IDEA #13 When you learn to listen to views different from your own, realising that they are not threatening but enlarging, then you have discovered the life-changing idea of argument for the sake of heaven., 1/3/2018, 11:03 PM

Five ideas for life

Here are some of the ideas worth thinking about as we begin our journey into a new calendar year., 12/31/2017, 4:26 PM

What it takes to forgive

LIFE-CHANGING IDEA #12: Judaism allows us to inhabit a culture of grace and hope. If we work hard enough on ourselves, we can be forgiven., 12/28/2017, 7:15 AM

The world our children will inherit tomorrow

The world our children will inherit tomorrow is born in the schools we build today., 12/11/2017, 7:37 AM

Improbable endings and the defeat of despair

Life changing ideas in the parsha series., 12/7/2017, 7:54 AM

The struggle of faith

There are Mozarts and there are Beethovens. Which are you?, 11/30/2017, 8:19 AM

Out of the depths

Pain can be turned into strength, as Jacob was able to do. Life changing ideas in the Parsha series., 11/24/2017, 1:12 PM

Why Isaac, not Ishmael? Why Jacob, not Esau?

Why Isaac, not Ishmael? Why Jacob, not Esau? These are among the most searing questions in the whole of Judaism., 11/18/2017, 10:29 PM

The world's oldest man

, 11/12/2017, 10:58 PM

Judaism's life-changing ideas

Judaism was and remains a dazzlingly original way of thinking about life., 10/10/2017, 3:21 PM

The most personal of festivals

A thought for Yom Kippur from the Koren Sacks mahzor., 9/29/2017, 1:22 PM

Confusing Satan / Understanding Prayer

The new year is upon us. Take the time to see the short videos on prayer found below and the shiur on the shofar, Confusing Satan., 9/19/2017, 8:12 AM

Covenant & Conversation: Ki Tavo

The Jews chose G-d., 9/6/2017, 11:15 PM

Two kinds of hate

Covenant & Conversation for Ki Tetsei., 8/31/2017, 9:48 AM

Torah and the consent of the governed

What makes the politics of social contract distinctive is its insistence that government is the free choice of a free nation. The Torah is the blueprint of that society., 8/28/2017, 9:23 AM

Cultural climate change

"We are going through one of the most profound revolutions in all of human history … and I sum it up with a single phrase: cultural climate change,” Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks says., 8/21/2017, 4:35 PM

Video: Lessons in leadership

One of the world's leading thinkers talks about leadership., 8/16/2017, 6:40 AM

What Jerusalem means to me

Rabbi Sacks taks about his Jerusalem., 5/23/2017, 11:33 PM

Rambam's Guide for the Perplexed on the Seder Night

A new video by Rabbi Sacks to help make the Seder Night more meaningful., 4/4/2017, 9:01 PM

Covenant & Conversation for Vayikra

The sin offering. Judaism may believe in guilt, but it also believes in forgiveness., 3/31/2017, 12:11 AM

Encampments & Journeys

, 3/23/2017, 1:48 AM

Being an inspiring parent

, 3/5/2017, 7:25 PM

Why did Isaac love Esau?

Inexplicable or natural?, 12/1/2016, 10:04 AM

The faith of G-d

Covenant & Conversation for Breishit., 10/27/2016, 8:51 AM

Covenant & Conversation for Haazinu

The spirituality of song., 10/14/2016, 2:32 AM

Covenant & Conversation for Vayelech

To renew our days., 10/7/2016, 2:01 AM

We are what we remember

Covenant & Conversation for Ki Tavo., 9/22/2016, 12:53 PM

Covenant & Conversation for Shoftim

The greatness of humility., 9/8/2016, 8:43 AM

Covenant & Conversation for Eikev

The Spirituality of Listening., 8/25/2016, 11:57 AM

Covenant & Conversation on the parsha: Hierarchy and power

Threre are three political rules that come to play in a coup., 7/1/2016, 12:24 PM

Covenant & Conversation for Shlach (Israel)

Two kinds of fear., 6/23/2016, 7:54 AM

Covenant & Conversation for Behaalotcha

A test of character. , 6/17/2016, 11:20 AM

Covenant and Conversation for Naso (Israel)

The blessing of love., 6/9/2016, 5:05 PM

Covenant & Conversation for Bamidbar

The sound of silence., 6/2/2016, 9:33 PM

Covenant & Conversation on the parsha

A sense of direction., 5/27/2016, 12:10 PM

Covenant & Conversation on the parsha

Family feeling., 5/19/2016, 11:46 AM

Covenant & Conversation on Emor

Holy times., 5/13/2016, 7:19 AM