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Former Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks

Covenant & Conversation for Vayikra

Between Destiny and Chance., 3/13/2013, 11:40 PM

Covenant & Conversation for Vayahkel-Pekudei

Two types of community., 3/8/2013, 10:46 AM

Covenant & Conversation for Ki Tisa

Two Types of Religious Encounters, 2/28/2013, 2:10 PM

Covenant & Conversation for Tetzaveh

Judaism is unusual in that it recognises not one form of religious leadership but two: thenavi and Cohen, the prophet and the priest., 2/22/2013, 2:43 PM

Covenant & Conversation for Trumah

Building builders., 2/15/2013, 12:49 AM

Covenant & Conversation for Mishpatim: Details

G-d is in the details, not just in the vision., 2/7/2013, 6:31 PM

Covenant & Conversation for Yitro: Sinai vs. Athens

With the revelation at Sinai something unprecedented entered the human horizon. It would take centuries, millennia, before its full implications, analyzed here, were understood., 2/1/2013, 10:41 AM

On Gerald Scarfe's Cartoon in the Sunday Times

The Chief Rabbi's reaction to the cartoon that showed PM Netanyahu building a stone wall with blood, while crushing Palestinian Arabs., 1/29/2013, 9:42 PM

Covenant & Conversation: B'shalach

To be a leader of the Jewish People., 1/25/2013, 9:37 AM

Covenant & Conversation for Bo

Freedom's defense is education, taught to Moses at Sinai., 1/17/2013, 9:01 PM

Five Rules for Life

Here are some of the ideas worth thinking about as we plan our lives., 1/14/2013, 8:46 AM

Covenant & Conversation: Of Lice and Men

A glimpse at "Heavenly humor" - how G-d laughs at those who scoff at him., 1/10/2013, 10:20 AM

Covenant & Conversation for Shmot

Leadership and the People are explored in this essay., 1/3/2013, 4:34 PM

Covenant & Conversation on Vayechi: Remembrance

Generations forget and remember., 12/27/2012, 5:23 PM

Covenant & Convesation for Vayigash

Choice and Change., 12/20/2012, 3:05 PM

Covenant & Conversation for Miketz: Disguise

What we achieve in disguise is never the love we sought, 12/14/2012, 7:50 AM

8 Thoughts for 8 Nights - II

A thought for each night by the candles' glow., 12/9/2012, 7:27 PM

The Hidden Story of Hanukkah

The Chief Rabbi talks about the Festival of Lights., 12/8/2012, 6:14 PM

Covenant & Conversation: Refusing Comfort

The Chief Rabbi on Parshat Vayeishev, insights on refusing to be comforted., 12/6/2012, 10:05 AM

Covenant & Conversation: Fear or Distress?

A most timely Biblical message after Pillar of Defense. On the Jewish reaction to defeating its enemies., 11/30/2012, 8:05 AM

Int'l Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women

A Jewish and Biblical message to husbands and wives on domestic violence versus "shalom bayit". , 11/26/2012, 11:36 AM

Covenant & Conversation: Vayetze, Encountering G-d

The patriarchs are a continuum, but each had his own special traits., 11/22/2012, 9:55 PM

Covenant & Conversation: Between Prophecy and Oracle

The future affects the past., 11/15/2012, 2:28 PM

Covenant & Conversation on Chaye Sara

Hopes and Fears., 11/9/2012, 10:15 AM

Covenant & Conversation: Higher than Angels

Even higher than angels!, 11/2/2012, 7:56 AM

Covenant & Conversation for Lekh Lekha

The Chief Rabbi writes on Making Space., 10/26/2012, 6:01 AM

Covenant & Conversation for Noah

Is there true morality? Nietzsche or Judaism? The extraordinary fact is that the first moral principle set out in the Torah is also the first moral principle ever to be scientifically demonstrated., 10/19/2012, 9:46 AM

Covenant & Conversation: A Living Book

To understand a book, we need to know to what genre it belongs. Is it history or legend, chronicle or myth? To what question is it an answer? , 10/11/2012, 10:01 AM

The Book that Became a Bride

The Jews are the only people who dance joyfully with their legal books in a house of G-d. , 10/7/2012, 9:50 AM

Joy is an Open Roof, an Open Heart

The roof is open in a sukkah, so is the door and so is our heart., 9/30/2012, 2:08 PM

Covenant & Conversation: Haazinu

Moses, the Man, 9/24/2012, 6:05 AM

The Meaning of Kol Nidre

An explanation of the most solemn prayer in Jewish liturgy., 9/23/2012, 11:21 PM

Covenant & Conversation for Ki Tavo

Listening and Law., 9/7/2012, 11:27 AM

Covenant & Conversation for Ki Tetsei

Letting Go of Hate., 8/31/2012, 9:23 AM

Covenant & Conversation for Shoftim

Greatness is humility. The real honour is not the honour we receive but the honour we give. , 8/24/2012, 12:02 PM

Covenant & Conversation: The Politics of Freedom

The sovereignty of God does not take away human responsibility. To the contrary, it places it centre-stage. , 8/17/2012, 12:54 AM

Covenant & Conversation on Eikev

The Morality of Love., 8/9/2012, 10:18 AM

Covenant & Conversation for Vaetchanan

Why is the Jewish People so small?, 8/3/2012, 12:05 AM

Covenant & Conversation: Dvarim and Shabbat Hazon

A lesson on prophets vs. profits. It could not be more relevant to our time. , 7/27/2012, 1:12 PM

Covenant & Conversation: The Prophetic Voice

The prophets were the first people to see God in history. The prophets saw time as the arena in which the great drama between God and humanity was played out, especially in the history of Israel., 7/20/2012, 4:38 PM

The European's Skewed View of Circumcision

A Cologne court's decision that parents who give their son a brit are liable to prosecution is blatant anti-Semitism, call it as they will., 7/6/2012, 3:41 PM

Covenant & Conversation for Balak

What does the prophecy "not reckoned among the nations" mean?, 7/6/2012, 3:20 PM

Covenant & Conversation: Chukat

Losing Miriam., 6/28/2012, 4:25 PM

Covenant & Conversation for Korach

A leader is a servant in Judaism. We are all G-d's servants., 6/19/2012, 12:35 AM

Parshat Shlach: Fear of Freedom

What was the real problem of the spies? Are we free of it today?, 6/15/2012, 6:45 PM

Is a Leader a Nursing Father?

God asked Moses to lead but He did not tell him how to lead. He told Moses what to do, but He did not discuss his leadership style. , 6/8/2012, 2:21 PM

Sages and Saints

How does Maimonides come to adopt a seemingly self-contradictory position on aceticism– when he is so resolutely logical? , 5/31/2012, 2:29 PM

Bamidbar: The Ever-Repeated Story

it is no coincidence that Bamidbar usually precedes Shavuot, anniversary of the giving of the Torah at Sinai., 5/25/2012, 10:35 AM

Behar-Bechukotay: The Limits of the Free Market

Behar tells us that an economic system must exist within a moral framework. It need not aim at economic equality but it must respect human dignity. , 5/17/2012, 11:00 AM

Emor (Diaspora): Eternity and Mortality

God established the holy as the point at which the Eternal enters time and the Infinite enters space. Holy time is Shabbat. Holy space was the Tabernacle, and later, the Temple., 5/11/2012, 5:29 PM

Acharei Mot: The Scapegoat (Diaspora Reading)

It is easier to feel that defilement has gone if we have had some visible representation of its departure. We feel cleansed once we see it go somewhere, carried by something., 5/4/2012, 6:17 PM

Why Should Jews Have a Country? Acharei Mot

Covenant and Conversation , 4/27/2012, 7:26 AM

Message and Special Prayer For Holocaust Day

A call to remember from the depths of our soul., 4/18/2012, 3:31 PM

Message for Passover 5772

In the Passover story, we see how the story of one people can become the inspiration of many., 4/4/2012, 5:44 PM

The Thanksgiving Sacrifice

But often we sense something more. It is not just the pilot we want to thank when we land safely after a hazardous flight; not just the surgeon when we survive an operation., 3/29/2012, 10:53 PM

Children Are Holy

The targeted killing of young children is most abhorrent because it negates the most basic feelings of humanity., 3/23/2012, 10:48 AM

Covenant and Conversation: Vayakhel-Pekudei

Moses believes that closeness to God is about celibacy and purity. God teaches him otherwise, that passionate love, when offered as a gift to God, is the most precious love of all. , 3/16/2012, 9:30 AM