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Former Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks

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

A Short Purim Thought

How do you live with the past without being held captive by it?, 3/15/2014, 9:22 PM

Tsav: A Moment of Existential Truth

Life is not lived in the world of “might have been.”, 3/14/2014, 2:32 PM

Leaders Make Mistakes

There is no textbook that infallibly teaches you how to lead because every situation is unique., 3/7/2014, 7:18 AM


A remarkable parallel can be drawn between God’s creation of the universe and the Israelites’ creation of the Sanctuary. , 2/28/2014, 3:06 PM


If 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., 2/21/2014, 11:17 AM

Covenant & Conversation

How leaders fail., 2/14/2014, 1:55 PM

The Home We Build Together

God said: Let them build something together. This simple command transformed the Israelites. , 1/31/2014, 12:53 PM

Fragments of Memory

For International Holocaust Memorial Day., 1/27/2014, 3:10 PM

Covenant & Conversation: Nomos and Narrative

Great 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. , 1/24/2014, 8:31 AM

A Nation of Leaders

The Lord is our Shepherd, we are His flock, but He does not want us to act like sheep., 1/16/2014, 12:52 PM

Looking Up

It is the task of a leader to empower, but it is also his or her task to inspire., 1/8/2014, 12:27 PM

Covenant & Conversation: The Far Horizon

The far horizon is children, education and the distant future., 1/3/2014, 1:08 PM

Overcoming Setbacks

Leadership, even of the very highest order, is often marked by failure., 12/29/2013, 2:09 PM

Women As Leaders

Yocheved, Miriam, Shifra, Puah, Zipporah and Batya were leaders not because of any official position they held., 12/20/2013, 3:40 PM

Surviving Failure

Covenant & Conversation for Vayechi., 12/14/2013, 9:49 PM

Covenant & Conversation: The Unexpected Leader

The 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. , 12/6/2013, 4:02 PM

Covenant & Conversation: Leaders' Dreams

They must dream, interpret , and - most crucial - implement., 11/29/2013, 2:57 PM

Eight Thoughts for Eight Nights:

Read one with your loved ones each night, or ponder it by yourself. , 11/28/2013, 7:32 AM

Covenant & Conversation: The Power of Praise

People need encouragement if they are to lead., 11/22/2013, 7:04 AM

Covenant & Conversation: Be Thyself

No one is stronger than one who knows who and what he is. , 11/14/2013, 9:53 AM

Covenant & Conversation: Dark Times

Is it greatness that leads to moments of despair, or moments of despair that lead to greatness?, 11/8/2013, 9:39 AM

Covenant & Convversation: The Price of Silence

Isaac never did intend to give the blessing of the covenant to Esau. He intended to give each child the blessing that suited them., 11/1/2013, 9:02 AM

Covenant & Conversation: Land and Offspring

What changes the world, what fulfils our destiny, is not what God does for us but what we do for God., 10/25/2013, 4:08 PM

Covenant & Conversation: The Challenge

The story of Abraham can only be understood against the backdrop of the story of Noah., 10/18/2013, 2:34 PM

Covenant & Conversation: Conformism

It takes courage not to conform., 10/11/2013, 9:12 AM

Covenant & Conversation: Taking Responsiblity

Similarity and difference in the stories of Adam and Eve versus Cain and Abel., 9/26/2013, 11:05 PM

The Torah We Learn From:Life

A 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., 9/24/2013, 11:52 PM

The Festival of Insecurity

The 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., 9/17/2013, 5:49 AM

Yom Kippur Message: The Courage To Grow

The challenge inherent in the concept of repentance., 9/12/2013, 7:24 AM

G-d Does Not Expect Us to Get it Right Every Time

Britain's former Chief Rabbi sends a Rosh Hashana message about accepting guilt, repentance and forgiveness, rather than shame., 9/4/2013, 3:30 PM

Covenant & Conversation: The Torah as God's Song

The third dimension of the command to "write...this song"., 8/30/2013, 2:06 PM

Covenant & Conversation

The Parameters of Justice., 8/16/2013, 5:28 PM

Covenant & Conversation: Judaism's Social Vision

If you seek to understand Judaism’s social vision, look at its anti-poverty legislation., 8/2/2013, 8:23 AM

Covenant & Conversation for Ekev

Greatness and Humility, 7/25/2013, 10:10 PM

Covenant & Conversation: Vaetchanan

Philosophy or prophecy., 7/18/2013, 12:30 AM

Covenant & Conversation: Tsedek

Tsedek: Justice and Compassion., 7/12/2013, 12:07 PM

The Danger of Suspicion

'You shall be innocent in the eyes of God and Israel"., 7/7/2013, 12:30 AM

Covenant&Conversation: Parents and Teachers

Aaron had the privilege of knowing that his children would follow in his footsteps. Moses did not., 6/28/2013, 7:41 AM

Covenant&Conversation: Balak

The hardest word to hear., 6/14/2013, 9:52 AM

Covenant & Conversation: Power vs. Influence

Eldad and Medad versus the story of Korach., 6/7/2013, 7:50 AM

Closer to Israel: Speech at Trafalgar Square Rally

The Chief Rabbi's stirring words at this week's "Closer to Israel" rally in London's Trafalgar Square., 6/7/2013, 7:19 AM

Covenant & Conversation: Beyond the Fringe

Tsitsit represent the dual nature of Judaism., 5/31/2013, 9:59 AM

Covenant & Conversation: Leadership Beyond Despair

Moses, too, had moments of despair., 5/24/2013, 7:43 AM

Covenant & Conversation: What Counts?

The attitude to a census in Jewish tradition., 5/16/2013, 7:15 AM

Thoughts on Shavuot

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Covenant & Conversation: Love and Law, Law and Love

The 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., 5/9/2013, 10:52 PM

Covenant & Conversation: Faith as a Journey

What does the desert journey represent? The interpretation of the word "sukkah" is the key., 4/25/2013, 10:12 AM

Covenant & Conversation: Of Love and Hate

What 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., 4/19/2013, 8:17 AM

Covenant & Conversation: Holiness of Childbirth

The 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., 4/11/2013, 11:32 AM