Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

Vayera: Negative capability

One of the most perplexing features of the Abraham story is the disconnect between God’s promises and the reality.```````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````, 11/14/2019, 12:00 PM

A palace in flames

Covenant & Conversation for Lech Lecha., 11/7/2019, 8:24 AM

The Genesis of Love

Covenant and Conversation for Breishit 5780., 10/24/2019, 7:20 AM

"I Believe" - introduction to 5780

Covenant & Conversation for this new year will be based on the basic tenet of Judaism - belief., 10/17/2019, 8:58 AM

What gives Kol Nidre its unique power?

Why do Jews from all walks of life come to the Yom Kippur eve Kol Nidre service in awe? Rabbi Sacks' whattsapp messages on the Yom Kippur service: Kol Nidre, Avinu Malkeinu (Our Father, our King), Vidui (Confession), Mussaf and Neila (endng prayer)., 10/8/2019, 5:28 AM

10 thoughts for the High Holydays

Ten short ideas which might help you focus your davening and ensure you have a meaningful and transformative experience., 9/29/2019, 5:50 PM

Nitzavim: Not beyond the sea

Covenant and Conversation for the parasha., 9/26/2019, 7:59 AM

Ki Tavo: A nation of storytellers

Covenant and Conversation for this week's parasha., 9/20/2019, 5:35 PM

Animal welfare

Where is the line between what is allowed and what is not?, 9/12/2019, 8:02 AM

The politics of memory

Eikev 5779, Covenant and Conversation., 8/23/2019, 12:58 PM

Why is the Jewish People so small?

You do not need numbers to enlarge the spiritual and moral horizons of humankind. You need other things., 8/15/2019, 10:22 AM

The teacher as hero

Moses became, in the last month of his life, the master educator., 8/8/2019, 9:40 AM

Priorities

It is hard to think of any other religion or civilisation that has so predicated its very existence on putting children and their education first. , 8/2/2019, 10:36 AM

Seven Principles for maintaining Jewish Peoplehood

Whilst no empire on earth has ever been able to defeat us, we have, on occasions, been able to defeat ourselves., 7/21/2019, 1:22 PM

The crown all can wear

Covenant and Conversation for Pinchas., 7/19/2019, 10:14 AM

Not reckoned among the nations

Ancient Israel was founded on a creed, and was, as a result, a nation with the soul of a religion., 7/12/2019, 4:11 AM

Losing Miriam

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Reflections on the legacy of the Lubavitcher Rebbe

Remembering Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson., 7/5/2019, 6:15 AM

Arguments for the Sake of Heaven: Korach

For the one and only time in his life, Moses staked his leadership on the occurrence of a miracle., 6/27/2019, 12:09 PM

Fear of freedom

Shelach Lecha: The spies did not doubt that Israel could win its battles with the inhabitants of the land. Their concern was not physical., 6/20/2019, 9:59 AM

Behaalotcha: Camp and Congregation

No Jew, to paraphrase John Donne, is an island, entire of him- or herself. We are joined by the gossamer strands of collective memory, and these can sometimes lead us back to a sense of shared destiny., 6/13/2019, 2:03 PM

Sages and saints

Which is preferable?, 6/9/2019, 9:36 PM

Bamidbar (Israel): Leading a nation of Individuals

However large the group you lead, you must always communicate the value you place on everyone. How to count the Jews., 5/31/2019, 4:35 PM

Bechukotai (Israel): The birth of hope

Only hope empowers us to take risks, engage in long-term projects, marry and have children, and refuse to capitulate in the face of despair., 5/23/2019, 5:51 AM

Three versions of Shabbat

Shabbat was the day made holy by God Himself at the beginning of time., 5/10/2019, 7:54 AM

Acharei Mot - Diaspora; Kedoshim - Israel

Due to the 8th day of Passover observed only out of Israel, and on which there is a special Torah reading (while Israel alone read the regular weekly portion), the readings in Israel are not in sync with the Diaspora for a few weeks. Your choice., 5/3/2019, 3:21 PM

A prayer for Yom HaShoah

Below is a prayer for Yom HaShoah, composed by Rabbi Sacks. Yom HaShoah begins at sundown on Wednesday 1st May., 5/1/2019, 5:12 PM

Make your time count! Omer calendar 5779

Download the Omer calendar 5779, accompanied by life-changing ideas. The Omer is counted daily from the second night of Passover until Shavuot, 49 days later. , 4/24/2019, 7:41 AM

The power of speech

What made Judaism different is that it is supremely a religion of holy words, not power., 4/11/2019, 11:29 AM

The sacrifices of childbirth

Birth, like death, is a signal of mortality, , 4/5/2019, 11:06 AM

Between hope and humanity

Jews are a people who have had more than their share of suffering. Like Aaron, they did not lose their humanity. They did not allow their sense of grief to be dulled, deadened, desensitised. But neither did they lose their capacity to hope., 3/31/2019, 12:39 PM

Destructive & Self-Destructive

What is so wrong about eating blood? Maimonides and Nahmanides offer conflicting interpretations., 3/22/2019, 5:11 AM

Vayikra: The pursuit of meaning

We are here because God wanted us to be, because there is a task He wants us to perform. The search for meaning is the quest for this task. , 3/13/2019, 10:38 PM

On Jewish Character: Pekudei

Jews may not always make the right choices in what they give to, but they give. , 3/8/2019, 1:48 AM

The beauty of holiness or the holiness of beauty

Covenant & Conversation for Vayakhel., 3/1/2019, 4:10 PM

A stiff-necked people

Covenant and conversation for Ki Tisa., 2/22/2019, 3:56 PM

Terumah: A portable home

Covenant & Conversation - thoughts on the weekly Torah reading., 2/7/2019, 7:59 AM

The Stewardship Paradigm – A thought for Tu Bishvat

We do not own nature – “The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof.” (Psalm 24:1) We are its stewards on behalf of God, who created and owns everything. As guardians of the earth, we are duty-bound to respect its integrity., 1/20/2019, 4:12 PM

The future of the past

Covenant and Conversation for Vayechi., 12/20/2018, 2:41 PM

The light of Judaism

A short shiur on Hanukkah., 12/4/2018, 8:00 AM

Refusing comfort, keeping hope; Vayeshev

Covenant & Conversation for Vayeshev., 11/29/2018, 7:34 AM

Judaism and Islam

Yes, there was conflict and separation; but that was the beginning, not the end., 11/3/2018, 6:55 PM

Vezot Habracha: Unfinished symphony

Did it really have to end that way?, 9/28/2018, 10:19 AM

A nail of faith: The first time I built a Sukkah

Here is what happened the first time I put up a sukkah., 9/22/2018, 7:56 PM

Bechukotai: In search of the "Why"

The infinite spaces are not silent. Beneath and beyond them is the still, small voice of God, and it is this that gives meaning to history and to our individual lives., 5/11/2018, 8:50 AM

Love is not enough

Clear rules create and sustain a social order. That is where real love – not the sentimental, self-deceiving substitute – belongs. , 4/24/2018, 9:27 PM

The power of empathy

LIFE-CHANGING IDEA #18: If you seek to change anyone’s behaviour, you have to enter into their mindset, and then say word or do the deed that speaks to their emotions, not yours., 2/12/2018, 12:50 PM

The bond of loyalty and love

If you find yourself in a situation of conflict that threatens to break something apart, framing a covenant will help keep people together. There are certain things we can do together that none of us can do alone., 2/1/2018, 8:29 AM

The longer, shorter road

The life-changing idea symbolised by the route God led the Israelites on when they left Egypt is that there are no fast tracks., 1/25/2018, 7:25 AM

The politics of hope

Life should not be a zero-sum game., 1/16/2018, 8:05 AM

Freewill: Use it or lose It

Vaera 5778: Freedom is a muscle that needs to be exercised: use it or lose it. That is a life-transforming idea., 1/11/2018, 7:26 AM

God loves those who argue

LIFE-CHANGING IDEA #13 When you learn to listen to views different from your own, realising that they are not threatening but enlarging, then you have discovered the life-changing idea of argument for the sake of heaven., 1/3/2018, 11:03 PM

Five ideas for life

Here are some of the ideas worth thinking about as we begin our journey into a new calendar year., 12/31/2017, 4:26 PM

What it takes to forgive

LIFE-CHANGING IDEA #12: Judaism allows us to inhabit a culture of grace and hope. If we work hard enough on ourselves, we can be forgiven., 12/28/2017, 7:15 AM

The world our children will inherit tomorrow

The world our children will inherit tomorrow is born in the schools we build today., 12/11/2017, 7:37 AM

Improbable endings and the defeat of despair

Life changing ideas in the parsha series., 12/7/2017, 7:54 AM

The struggle of faith

There are Mozarts and there are Beethovens. Which are you?, 11/30/2017, 8:19 AM