Shemini: Limits

Shemini: Limits

The priestly vocation was to remind the people that there are limits. There is an order to the universe and we must respect it., 4/16/2020, 10:30 PM
The shared hell of WWII changed Britain for the better.

The shared hell of WWII changed Britain for the better.

Coronavirus will do the same., 3/29/2020, 10:50 PM
The prophetic view of sacrifice

The prophetic view of sacrifice

The thought that made the Prophets incandescent with indignation., 3/26/2020, 12:44 PM
What we can learn from the parasha and the pandemic

What we can learn from the parasha and the pandemic

An extra, encouraging talk from the former UK Chief Rabbi., 3/22/2020, 11:41 AM
"Coronavirus will change everyone"

"Coronavirus will change everyone"

Rabbi Sacks' extended BBC Newsnight interview on the Coronavirus situation: "The sanctity of human life, is Judaism's highest ideal and sits above all other commandments." , 3/19/2020, 7:38 AM
Purim Sameach! 

Purim Sameach! 

, 3/9/2020, 2:41 PM
Dressing to impress

Dressing to impress

Covenant and Conversation for Parashat Tetsave., 3/5/2020, 3:00 PM
What do we receive when we give?

What do we receive when we give?

Covenant and Conversation for Terumah: Tzedakah is not only directed to people’s physical needs but also their psychological situation., 2/27/2020, 8:59 AM
We will do and we will hear

We will do and we will hear

Covenant and conversation for Mishpatim., 2/21/2020, 1:43 PM
The Universal and the Particular (Yitro 5780)

The Universal and the Particular (Yitro 5780)

Why is it that Baruch Hashem, the praise of God, is attributed to Noach, Eliezer and Yitro, whereas from the Israelites, with the marked exception of the Song at the Sea, we seem to hear constant complaints?, 2/16/2020, 2:00 PM
Crossing the sea

Crossing the sea

Why the sudden change between the opening of our parsha and its close?, 2/6/2020, 8:56 AM
Family, faith and freedom

Family, faith and freedom

Covenant and Conversation for Vayechi., 1/9/2020, 12:00 PM
MIketz:Joseph and the risks of power

MIketz:Joseph and the risks of power

Covenant and Conversation for the Parasha., 12/26/2019, 9:54 AM
The Angel who did not know he was an Angel

The Angel who did not know he was an Angel

Covenant and Conversation for Vayeshev 5780., 12/19/2019, 8:57 AM
Laban the Aramean: Vayetsei 5780

Laban the Aramean: Vayetsei 5780

Covenant and Conversation for this week's Torah reading., 12/5/2019, 6:26 PM
Isaac and Esau

Isaac and Esau

Covenant and Conversation for Parashat Toldot., 11/28/2019, 12:50 PM
To have a Why?

To have a Why?

Covenant and Conversation for Chayei Sarah, including family edition., 11/22/2019, 10:44 AM
Vayera: Negative capability

Vayera: Negative capability

One of the most perplexing features of the Abraham story is the disconnect between God’s promises and the reality.```````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````, 11/14/2019, 12:00 PM
A palace in flames

A palace in flames

Covenant & Conversation for Lech Lecha., 11/7/2019, 8:24 AM
The Genesis of Love

The Genesis of Love

Covenant and Conversation for Breishit 5780., 10/24/2019, 7:20 AM
"I Believe" - introduction to 5780

"I Believe" - introduction to 5780

Covenant & Conversation for this new year will be based on the basic tenet of Judaism - belief., 10/17/2019, 8:58 AM
What gives Kol Nidre its unique power?

What gives Kol Nidre its unique power?

Why do Jews from all walks of life come to the Yom Kippur eve Kol Nidre service in awe? Rabbi Sacks' whattsapp messages on the Yom Kippur service: Kol Nidre, Avinu Malkeinu (Our Father, our King), Vidui (Confession), Mussaf and Neila (endng prayer)., 10/8/2019, 5:28 AM
10 thoughts for the High Holydays

10 thoughts for the High Holydays

Ten short ideas which might help you focus your davening and ensure you have a meaningful and transformative experience., 9/29/2019, 5:50 PM
Nitzavim: Not beyond the sea

Nitzavim: Not beyond the sea

Covenant and Conversation for the parasha., 9/26/2019, 7:59 AM
Ki Tavo: A nation of storytellers

Ki Tavo: A nation of storytellers

Covenant and Conversation for this week's parasha., 9/20/2019, 5:35 PM
Animal welfare

Animal welfare

Where is the line between what is allowed and what is not?, 9/12/2019, 8:02 AM
The politics of memory

The politics of memory

Eikev 5779, Covenant and Conversation., 8/23/2019, 12:58 PM
Why is the Jewish People so small?

Why is the Jewish People so small?

You do not need numbers to enlarge the spiritual and moral horizons of humankind. You need other things., 8/15/2019, 10:22 AM
The teacher as hero

The teacher as hero

Moses became, in the last month of his life, the master educator., 8/8/2019, 9:40 AM
Priorities

Priorities

It is hard to think of any other religion or civilisation that has so predicated its very existence on putting children and their education first. , 8/2/2019, 10:36 AM
Seven Principles for maintaining Jewish Peoplehood

Seven Principles for maintaining Jewish Peoplehood

Whilst no empire on earth has ever been able to defeat us, we have, on occasions, been able to defeat ourselves., 7/21/2019, 1:22 PM
The crown all can wear

The crown all can wear

Covenant and Conversation for Pinchas., 7/19/2019, 10:14 AM
Not reckoned among the nations

Not reckoned among the nations

Ancient Israel was founded on a creed, and was, as a result, a nation with the soul of a religion., 7/12/2019, 4:11 AM
Losing Miriam

Losing Miriam

, 7/10/2019, 5:43 AM
Reflections on the legacy of the Lubavitcher Rebbe

Reflections on the legacy of the Lubavitcher Rebbe

Remembering Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson., 7/5/2019, 6:15 AM
Arguments for the Sake of Heaven: Korach

Arguments for the Sake of Heaven: Korach

For the one and only time in his life, Moses staked his leadership on the occurrence of a miracle., 6/27/2019, 12:09 PM
Fear of freedom

Fear of freedom

Shelach Lecha: The spies did not doubt that Israel could win its battles with the inhabitants of the land. Their concern was not physical., 6/20/2019, 9:59 AM
Behaalotcha: Camp and Congregation

Behaalotcha: Camp and Congregation

No Jew, to paraphrase John Donne, is an island, entire of him- or herself. We are joined by the gossamer strands of collective memory, and these can sometimes lead us back to a sense of shared destiny., 6/13/2019, 2:03 PM
Sages and saints

Sages and saints

Which is preferable?, 6/9/2019, 9:36 PM
Bamidbar (Israel): Leading a nation of Individuals

Bamidbar (Israel): Leading a nation of Individuals

However large the group you lead, you must always communicate the value you place on everyone. How to count the Jews., 5/31/2019, 4:35 PM
Bechukotai (Israel): The birth of hope

Bechukotai (Israel): The birth of hope

Only hope empowers us to take risks, engage in long-term projects, marry and have children, and refuse to capitulate in the face of despair., 5/23/2019, 5:51 AM
Three versions of Shabbat

Three versions of Shabbat

Shabbat was the day made holy by God Himself at the beginning of time., 5/10/2019, 7:54 AM
Acharei Mot - Diaspora; Kedoshim - Israel

Acharei Mot - Diaspora; Kedoshim - Israel

Due to the 8th day of Passover observed only out of Israel, and on which there is a special Torah reading (while Israel alone read the regular weekly portion), the readings in Israel are not in sync with the Diaspora for a few weeks. Your choice., 5/3/2019, 3:21 PM
A prayer for Yom HaShoah

A prayer for Yom HaShoah

Below is a prayer for Yom HaShoah, composed by Rabbi Sacks. Yom HaShoah begins at sundown on Wednesday 1st May., 5/1/2019, 5:12 PM
Make your time count! Omer calendar 5779

Make your time count! Omer calendar 5779

Download the Omer calendar 5779, accompanied by life-changing ideas. The Omer is counted daily from the second night of Passover until Shavuot, 49 days later. , 4/24/2019, 7:41 AM
The power of speech

The power of speech

What made Judaism different is that it is supremely a religion of holy words, not power., 4/11/2019, 11:29 AM
The sacrifices of childbirth

The sacrifices of childbirth

Birth, like death, is a signal of mortality, , 4/5/2019, 11:06 AM
Between hope and humanity

Between hope and humanity

Jews are a people who have had more than their share of suffering. Like Aaron, they did not lose their humanity. They did not allow their sense of grief to be dulled, deadened, desensitised. But neither did they lose their capacity to hope., 3/31/2019, 12:39 PM
Destructive & Self-Destructive

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

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

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

The beauty of holiness or the holiness of beauty

Covenant & Conversation for Vayakhel., 3/1/2019, 4:10 PM
A stiff-necked people

A stiff-necked people

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

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

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

The future of the past

Covenant and Conversation for Vayechi., 12/20/2018, 2:41 PM
The light of Judaism

The light of Judaism

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