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.
Covenant & Conversation for Mishpatim: DetailsG-d is in the details, not just in the vision.
Covenant & Conversation for Yitro: Sinai vs. AthensWith the revelation at Sinai something unprecedented entered the human horizon. It would take centuries, millennia, before its full implications, analyzed here, were understood.
On Gerald Scarfe's Cartoon in the Sunday TimesThe Chief Rabbi's reaction to the cartoon that showed PM Netanyahu building a stone wall with blood, while crushing Palestinian Arabs.
Covenant & Conversation: B'shalachTo be a leader of the Jewish People.
Covenant & Conversation for BoFreedom's defense is education, taught to Moses at Sinai.
Five Rules for LifeHere are some of the ideas worth thinking about as we plan our lives.
Covenant & Conversation: Of Lice and MenA glimpse at "Heavenly humor" - how G-d laughs at those who scoff at him.
Covenant & Conversation for ShmotLeadership and the People are explored in this essay.
Covenant & Conversation on Vayechi: RemembranceGenerations forget and remember.
Covenant & Convesation for VayigashChoice and Change.
Covenant & Conversation for Miketz: DisguiseWhat we achieve in disguise is never the love we sought
8 Thoughts for 8 Nights - IIA thought for each night by the candles' glow.
The Hidden Story of HanukkahThe Chief Rabbi talks about the Festival of Lights.
Covenant & Conversation: Refusing ComfortThe Chief Rabbi on Parshat Vayeishev, insights on refusing to be comforted.
Covenant & Conversation: Fear or Distress?A most timely Biblical message after Pillar of Defense. On the Jewish reaction to defeating its enemies.
Int'l Day for Elimination of Violence Against WomenA Jewish and Biblical message to husbands and wives on domestic violence versus "shalom bayit".
Covenant & Conversation: Vayetze, Encountering G-dThe patriarchs are a continuum, but each had his own special traits.
Covenant & Conversation: Between Prophecy and OracleThe future affects the past.
Covenant & Conversation on Chaye SaraHopes and Fears.
Covenant & Conversation: Higher than AngelsEven higher than angels!
Covenant & Conversation for Lekh LekhaThe Chief Rabbi writes on Making Space.
Covenant & Conversation for NoahIs 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.
Covenant & Conversation: A Living BookTo 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?
The Book that Became a BrideThe Jews are the only people who dance joyfully with their legal books in a house of G-d.
Joy is an Open Roof, an Open HeartThe roof is open in a sukkah, so is the door and so is our heart.
Covenant & Conversation: HaazinuMoses, the Man
The Meaning of Kol NidreAn explanation of the most solemn prayer in Jewish liturgy.
Covenant & Conversation for Ki TavoListening and Law.
Covenant & Conversation for Ki TetseiLetting Go of Hate.
Covenant & Conversation for ShoftimGreatness is humility. The real honour is not the honour we receive but the honour we give.
Covenant & Conversation: The Politics of FreedomThe sovereignty of God does not take away human responsibility. To the contrary, it places it centre-stage.
Covenant & Conversation on EikevThe Morality of Love.
Covenant & Conversation for VaetchananWhy is the Jewish People so small?
Covenant & Conversation: Dvarim and Shabbat HazonA lesson on prophets vs. profits. It could not be more relevant to our time.
Covenant & Conversation: The Prophetic VoiceThe 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.
The European's Skewed View of CircumcisionA 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.
Covenant & Conversation for BalakWhat does the prophecy "not reckoned among the nations" mean?
Covenant & Conversation: ChukatLosing Miriam.
Parshat Shlach: Fear of FreedomWhat was the real problem of the spies? Are we free of it today?
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.
Sages and SaintsHow does Maimonides come to adopt a seemingly self-contradictory position on aceticism– when he is so resolutely logical?
Bamidbar: The Ever-Repeated Storyit is no coincidence that Bamidbar usually precedes Shavuot, anniversary of the giving of the Torah at Sinai.
Behar-Bechukotay: The Limits of the Free MarketBehar 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.
Emor (Diaspora): Eternity and MortalityGod 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.
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.
Why Should Jews Have a Country? Acharei MotCovenant and Conversation
Message and Special Prayer For Holocaust DayA call to remember from the depths of our soul.
Message for Passover 5772In the Passover story, we see how the story of one people can become the inspiration of many.
The Thanksgiving SacrificeBut 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.
Children Are HolyThe targeted killing of young children is most abhorrent because it negates the most basic feelings of humanity.
Covenant and Conversation: Vayakhel-PekudeiMoses 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.
Ki Tisa: The Birth of a New FreedomImagine a society where you can walk on the streets without fear.
The Custom that Would Not Die: 10 Commandment Reading"Leave Israel alone,” said Hillel, “for even if they are not prophets, they are still the children of prophets.” Ordinary Jews had a passion for the Ten Commandments.
A Thought for Tu B'Shvat: The Stewardship ParadigmHuman beings are the Divinely appointed masters of the earth, but there are limits to how they may interact with the earth.
Music, Language of the SoulMusic is transcendence. The Jews sang at the Red Sea, spoken words could not have done the same.