Former Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks
Naso: Pursuit of PeaceWhy does the Torah spend so much time describing an event that could have been stated far more briefly?
Kedoshim: An Ordered UniversePriests think in terms of Torah. Prophets have “the word” or “a vision.” Elders and the wise have etzah. What does this mean?
Greek Democracy, Biblical RightsIn the struggle for democracy the world should not forget the voice of prophets, and the qualifier of democracy.
From Credo - The Times - March 2011
Truma: Building BuildersWhat all the signs and wonders failed to do, the construction of the Tabernacle succeeded in doing. It transformed the people
Shofetim 5770What we need in today's Jewish world - especially in Israel - is a rebirth of Jewish political philosophy.
Shlach: Freedom Needs PatienceThe forty years in the desert that were decreed by G-d after the spy episode were not really a punishment, but a necessity.
Leadership Beyond DespairLeadership Beyond Despair
16th Sivan 5770
Great leaders are often led to despair by a sense of failure, but that is connected to their greatness.
Weekly Dvar Torah: TzavGiving thanks: The connection between the Torah reading, Tzav, and our personal and national lives.
We have also brought Rabbi Sacks BBC Passover message at the end of the Dvar Torah.
Dvar Torah: VayikraSelf and Sacrifice: the meaning of the sacrificial system is still with us, although the Holy Temple, sadly, is not. Rabbi Sacks explains.
Weekly Dvar Torah:MishpatimThe Meaning of Texts:
Interpretations of 1st century Jewish philosopher Philo that differed with traditional Rabbinic views on Biblical passages, had great influence on Western religion. On abortion, for example.
Dvar Torah: YitroJustice or Peace?
What does Moses' father in law Jethro (Yitro) have in mind when he acts as organizational advisor to Moses?
Dvar Torah and Audio: B'shalach"Miracles"
There are two ways of looking at the splitting of the Reed Sea, the natural and the supernatural. Either way, it was a wondrous miracle that is part of the collective memory of the Jewish people.
Weekly Dvar Torah & Audio:VaeraWe are pleased to tell our readers that we will be featuring the Chief Rabbi's enlightening and inspiring analysis of the weekly Torah reading.
This week's is entitled "Losing Freedom".
Living with UncertaintyAs Chief Rabbi, Rabbi Sacks greets non Jewish British citizens for their civil year, as do Israel's Chief Rabbinate and the IDF.
The message is timeless:
Thank G-d for the Courage to live with Uncertainty.