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Former Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks

The Politics of Responsibility

Covenanr and Conversation for Bechukotai., 5/14/2015, 12:23 PM

The Economics of Liberty

Covenant & Conversation on Behar., 5/7/2015, 9:40 AM

Israel Reading: Acharei-Mot Kedoshim

The scapegoat: Shame and guilt., 4/24/2015, 7:52 AM

Tazria-Metzora:The Circumcision of Desire

Covenant & Conversation on Judaism's definition of love., 4/16/2015, 7:15 AM

Covenant & Conversation for Tsav

Violence and the sacred., 3/27/2015, 4:49 PM

Why do we Sacrifice?

We can redirect our animal instincts. We can rise above mere survival. We are capable of honouring boundaries. We can step outside our environment., 3/20/2015, 12:58 PM

Covenant & Conversation: Vayakhel-Pikudei

The spirit of community and the need for integrity in public life., 3/13/2015, 1:44 PM

Can There Be Compassion Without Justice?

God is compassionate and lives in love and forgiveness. This is an essential element of Jewish faith. But there is a caveat., 3/6/2015, 10:10 AM

The Therapeutic Joy of Purim

The 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., 3/4/2015, 12:22 PM

Covenant & Conversation: The Ethic of Holiness

It is common to divide the religious life in Judaism into two dimensions. , 2/26/2015, 6:40 AM

The Gratitude of Labor

Covenant & Conversation for this week., 2/21/2015, 9:10 PM

Altruistic Evil

Healing the heart of darkness within the human soul., 2/16/2015, 8:11 AM

Covenant & Conversation on Yitro: Read the Instructions

The structure of the good society is right here., 2/5/2015, 8:20 AM

Covenant & Conversation: The Face of Evil

The concept of an enemy. , 1/30/2015, 9:20 AM

Covenant & Conversation: Freewill

How then can it say, as it does in our parsha (Ex. 7: 3) that God hardened Pharaoh’s heart?, 1/16/2015, 12:45 PM

Covenant & Conversation: Obeying Immoral Orders

This parsha contains the first recorded instance in history of civil disobedience., 1/9/2015, 3:49 PM

Covenant & Conversation: Birth of Forgiveness

This week's Torah reading is the first recorded moment in history in which one human being forgives another., 12/26/2014, 9:20 AM

Covenant & Conversation for Miketz

Appearance and reality, 12/19/2014, 6:03 AM

Covenant & Conversation for Vayishlach

The parable of the tribes., 12/5/2014, 2:48 PM

Covenant & Conversation for Vayetze

Love is not enough., 11/27/2014, 10:14 PM

Covenant & Conversation: Kindness of Strangers

A new article in the 5775 Ethics series. "A single act of genuine and unassuming civility can change a life forever.” , 11/14/2014, 8:46 AM

Covenant & Conversation on Vayera

The principle to which the entire story of Isaac, from birth to binding, is opposed is the idea that a child is the property of the father. , 11/7/2014, 9:59 AM

How Perfect Were the Patriarchs and Matriarchs?

“There is none so righteous on earth,” says Kohelet, “as to do only good and never sin.” , 11/1/2014, 6:45 PM

From Nature to Covenant

Is man naturally good or bad?, 10/23/2014, 10:32 AM

Covenant & Conversation 5775: Morality

The world's most moral voice - Torah., 10/17/2014, 2:46 PM

G-d's Faith in Us

Short thoughts to help focus our minds on the challenges and opportunities of this special time in the Jewish calendar., 10/3/2014, 6:21 AM

A Breath of Life

The love of God is love of life. Let us take to heart King David’s insistence that faith is stronger than fear. , 9/23/2014, 11:50 PM

Nitzavim-Vayelech: Defeating Death

Why the afterlife is not mentioned in the Torah., 9/18/2014, 7:57 PM

Thoughts for Elul: Averting the Decree

The first of three messages for the New Year., 9/14/2014, 5:13 PM

Covenant & Conversation: Against Hate

The paradigm case was Moses, the man who had more lasting influence than any other leader in history., 9/5/2014, 11:38 AM

Shoftim: Learning and Leadership

Priesthood, kingship and Torah are the three types of Leadership, all in this week's reading., 8/29/2014, 1:05 PM

God Himself Will Weep

The hate that starts with Jews never ends there., 8/24/2014, 7:30 AM

To Lead is to Listen

Often the greatest gift we can give someone is to listen to them., 8/15/2014, 4:12 PM

Covenant & Conversation: The Fewest of all Peoples

One sentence with explosive potential., 8/7/2014, 8:57 AM

Creating Freedom Without Anarchy, Order Without Tyranny

What the Torah tells us early on is how humanity failed. They did so in two ways. They created freedom without order. Or they created order without freedom. That is still the human tragedy., 8/2/2014, 10:08 PM

The Leader as Teacher

In the last month of his life Moses ceased to be the liberator, the miracle-worker and redeemer, and became instead Moshe Rabbenu, “Moses, our teacher"., 7/31/2014, 2:51 PM

Covenant & Conversation: Negotiations

Moses is the example of a master negotiator, whose methods are enlightening. He succeeds because he is focused on the common good and not on his own power. , 7/18/2014, 1:30 PM

Timing and Succession

Leadership lessons from the Torah., 7/10/2014, 5:40 PM

Leadership and Loyalty

Covenant and Conversation for Parshat Balak., 7/4/2014, 12:38 PM

In Memoriam: Eyal, Gilad and Naftali

Eyal, Gilad and Naftali were killed by people who believed in death. , 6/30/2014, 11:34 PM

Covenant & Conversation: Miriam, Moses' Friend

A careful reading of this famous episode in the context of Moses’ early life suggests that Miriam was Moses’ “trusted friend"., 6/27/2014, 10:00 AM

Servant Leadership

Covenant & Conversation for Korach., 6/20/2014, 10:00 AM

Covenant & Conversation: Confidence

One of the fundamental tasks of any leader from president to parent is to give people a sense of confidence: in themselves, in the group of which they are a part, and in the mission itself., 6/13/2014, 1:26 PM

Covenant & Conversation: Influence or Power?

Power works by division, influence by multiplication., 6/6/2014, 3:19 PM

A Thought for Shavuot

A double celebration., 6/3/2014, 7:30 AM

Covenant & Conversation: The Politics of Envy

We have often been envied, and all too frequently that envy has turned to hate with tragic consequences., 5/30/2014, 7:10 AM

Leading a Nation of Individuals

Covenant and Conversation for Bamidbar., 5/22/2014, 8:40 AM

We the People

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Covenant & Conversation: Think Long

Individuals count the days, leaders must count the years., 5/9/2014, 7:07 AM

Covenant & Conversation: Greatness

Be not afraid of greatness., 5/2/2014, 9:00 AM

Covenant & Conversation: Followership

In Judaism followership is as active and demanding as leadership., 4/24/2014, 11:04 AM

Seasons of Love

A short thought about the three biblical books about love., 4/18/2014, 2:23 PM

What Does this Avoda Mean to You?

Lefum tza’ara agra: according to the effort is the reward., 4/16/2014, 7:38 AM

Covenant & Conversation: Praise

The concept of lashon hatov, good speech., 4/4/2014, 7:28 AM

The Price of Free Speech

Covenant and Conversation for Tazria., 3/28/2014, 11:55 AM

Reticence vs. Impetuosity

Nadav and Avihu were surely great people. The trouble was that they believed they were great people., 3/21/2014, 11:46 AM