Celebrate!A remarkable parallel can be drawn between God’s creation of the universe and the Israelites’ creation of the Sanctuary.
Team-TrainingIf you want to bond human beings so that they act for the common good, get them to build something together. Get them to undertake a task that they can only achieve together, that none can do alone.
Covenant & ConversationHow leaders fail.
The Home We Build TogetherGod said: Let them build something together. This simple command transformed the Israelites.
Fragments of MemoryFor International Holocaust Memorial Day.
Covenant & Conversation: Nomos and NarrativeGreat leaders, be they CEOs or simply parents, have the ability to connect a large vision with highly specific details. Without the vision, the details are merely tiresome.
A Nation of LeadersThe Lord is our Shepherd, we are His flock, but He does not want us to act like sheep.
Looking UpIt is the task of a leader to empower, but it is also his or her task to inspire.
Covenant & Conversation: The Far HorizonThe far horizon is children, education and the distant future.
Overcoming SetbacksLeadership, even of the very highest order, is often marked by failure.
Women As LeadersYocheved, Miriam, Shifra, Puah, Zipporah and Batya were leaders not because of any official position they held.
Surviving FailureCovenant & Conversation for Vayechi.
Covenant & Conversation: The Unexpected LeaderThe tribe of Judah survived the Babylonian conquest, and it is Judah whose name we bear as a people. We are Yehudim, “Jews.” This week’s parsha explains why.
Covenant & Conversation: Leaders' DreamsThey must dream, interpret , and - most crucial - implement.
Eight Thoughts for Eight Nights:Read one with your loved ones each night, or ponder it by yourself.
Covenant & Conversation: The Power of PraisePeople need encouragement if they are to lead.
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?
Covenant & Convversation: The Price of SilenceIsaac never did intend to give the blessing of the covenant to Esau. He intended to give each child the blessing that suited them.
Covenant & Conversation: Land and OffspringWhat changes the world, what fulfils our destiny, is not what God does for us but what we do for God.
Covenant & Conversation: The ChallengeThe story of Abraham can only be understood against the backdrop of the story of Noah.
Covenant & Conversation: ConformismIt takes courage not to conform.
Covenant & Conversation: Taking ResponsiblitySimilarity and difference in the stories of Adam and Eve versus Cain and Abel.
The Torah We Learn From:LifeA new series of Covenant & Conversation will begin with the start of the Torah reading cycle this week. An introduction to the year's theme which is a New Year's message in itself.
The Festival of InsecurityThe twenty-first century will one day be seen by historians as the Age of Insecurity. We, as Jews, are the world’s experts in insecurity, having lived with it for millennia.
Yom Kippur Message: The Courage To GrowThe challenge inherent in the concept of repentance.
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: The Torah as God's SongThe third dimension of the command to "write...this song".
Covenant & ConversationThe Parameters of Justice.
Covenant & Conversation: Judaism's Social VisionIf you seek to understand Judaism’s social vision, look at its anti-poverty legislation.
Covenant & Conversation for EkevGreatness and Humility
Covenant & Conversation: VaetchananPhilosophy or prophecy.
Covenant & Conversation: TsedekTsedek: Justice and Compassion.
The Danger of Suspicion'You shall be innocent in the eyes of God and Israel".
Covenant&Conversation: Parents and TeachersAaron had the privilege of knowing that his children would follow in his footsteps. Moses did not.
Covenant&Conversation: BalakThe hardest word to hear.
Covenant & Conversation: Power vs. InfluenceEldad and Medad versus the story of Korach.
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: Beyond the FringeTsitsit represent the dual nature of Judaism.
Covenant & Conversation: Leadership Beyond DespairMoses, too, had moments of despair.
Covenant & Conversation: What Counts?The attitude to a census in Jewish tradition.
Covenant & Conversation: Love and Law, Law and LoveThe Torah is more than a constitution and code of laws, more than a set of instructions or even the metaphysical DNA of the universe. It is a marriage contract – a token and gesture of love.
Covenant & Conversation: Faith as a JourneyWhat does the desert journey represent? The interpretation of the word "sukkah" is the key.
Covenant & Conversation: Of Love and HateWhat is so impressive about the Torah is that it both articulates the highest of high ideals, and at the same time speaks to us as human beings.
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.
Covenant & Conversation: Fire - Holy and UnholyThere must be times and places at which humanity experiences the reality of the divine.
A Message for PassoverA message from Ramses and a lesson for him.
Covenant & Conversation for VayikraBetween Destiny and Chance.
Covenant & Conversation for Vayahkel-PekudeiTwo types of community.
Covenant & Conversation for Ki TisaTwo Types of Religious Encounters
Covenant & Conversation for TetzavehJudaism is unusual in that it recognises not one form of religious leadership but two: thenavi and Cohen, the prophet and the priest.
Covenant & Conversation for TrumahBuilding builders.