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Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

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The Three Weeks in our time

Remember the past but do not be held captive by it. Still, in today’s fast-moving culture, we undervalue acts of remembering.

The Three Weeks in our time

The curse of loneliness

Jews were hated because of their religion, then.they were hated because of their race, now they are hated because of their nation state

The curse of loneliness

Covenant & Conversation for Chukat: Anger Management

Maimonides sets out a surprisingly contemporary account of Judaism as a training in emotional intelligence. Moses' anger as an example.

Covenant & Conversation for Chukat: Anger Management

When truth is sacrificed for power

In a contest for power, if I lose, I lose. But if I win, I also lose, because in diminishing my opponents I have diminished myself.

When truth is sacrificed for power

Sanctifying the Name of God

The Jewish people categorise all the victims of the Holocaust and later, all terror victims, as “those who died al kiddush Hashem.”

Sanctifying the Name of God

Insights for Yom Hazikaron and Yom Ha'atzmaut

A collection of resources for learning about Israel's special days and teaching them to the family.

Insights for Yom Hazikaron and  Yom Ha'atzmaut

From priest to people

This parsha tells the story of one of the greatest, if rarely acknowledged, contributions of Judaism to the world.

From priest to people

Ceremony and Celebration: Inspiration for Pesach

Rabbi Sacks accompanies your Seder and the entire holiday in this choice of his unforgettable thoughts.

Ceremony and Celebration:  Inspiration for Pesach

Violence and the sacred

Sacrifices divert the destructive energy of violent reciprocity. But justice could do the same, if society reached that level.

Violence and the sacred

The spirit of community

It is almost as if Rabbi Sacks z"l is talking to us today, remarking on how Jews the world over are trying to help those in Ukraine.

The spirit of community

Tetzave: Three important lessons for successful Jewish parenting

The three ways in whichl lighting the Menorah is comparable to educating chlldren.

Tetzave: Three important lessons for successful Jewish parenting

Terumah: The labour of gratitude

Bad things may happen but God has already given us the remedy if we know where to look for it.

Terumah: The labour of gratitude

Healing the heart of darkness

If knowledge, emotion, and reason lead us to be moral, why is it that humans hate, harm and kill?

Healing the heart of darkness

The structure of the good society

Understanding the logical structure of the Ten Commandments, Many alternatives have been tried for these laws, and most have ended in tears.

The structure of the good society

The face of evil (Beshalach)

In today’s terminology, the Egyptians were rational, the Amalekites were not. Only with rational actors there can be negotiated peace.

The face of evil (Beshalach)

Telling the Story

Macintyre: “I can only answer the question ‘What am I to do?’ if I can answer the prior question ‘Of what story.. do I find myself a part?’”

Telling the Story

Free will and freedom

Enslaving others, Pharaoh himself became enslaved. He became a prisoner of the values he himself had espoused.

Free will and freedom

Shemot: On not obeying immoral orders

This parasha has the first recorded instance in history of civil disobedience.

Shemot: On not obeying immoral orders

When can we lie?

Truth and peace are both values, but which do we choose when they conflict? Not everyone among the rabbinic Sages agreed.

When can we lie?

Light up your Hannukah with the teachings of Rabbi Sacks zt"l

As we celebrate Chanukah, here are a number of different resources from Rabbi Sacks zt"l about the Festival of Light! Hannukah sameach!

Light up your Hannukah with the teachings of Rabbi Sacks zt"l

The heroism of Tamar

From Tamar's bravery, the Sages learned that a person should be willing to jump into a furnace of fire rather than shame another in public.

The heroism of Tamar

Herzog awards posthumous Genesis Lifetime Achievement Award to Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

President Herzog on late Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks: He became a masterful articulator of the Jewish foundation of universal values.

Herzog awards posthumous award to Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

Remembering my brother, Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

"Over this last year,I lost a brother but gained a giant." Alan Sacks says in a special interview with Arutz Sheva

Remembering my brother, Rabbi Jonathan Sacksplayer

YU opens Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks Center for Values and Leadership

New center inaugurated at Yeshiva University in honor of Rabbi Jonathan Sacks 1 year after his passing.

YU opens Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks Center

Jill Biden pays tribute to Jonathan Sacks at yeshiva fundraiser in Detroit

First Lady gives keynote speech at Detroit yeshiva, paying tribute to former Chief Rabbi of Britain, Rabbi Jonathan Sacks.

Jill Biden pays tribute to Jonathan Sacks at yeshiva fundraiserplayer

'How perfect were the Matriarchs and Patriarchs?' In memoriam

A deep and enlightening article that exemplifies the wisdom of the rabbi and mentor who passed away one year ago.

'How perfect were the Matriarchs and Patriarchs?' In memoriam

Beyond Nature

Covenant introduces moral law. A moral law is not the same as a scientific law. Scientific laws describe, whereas moral laws prescribe.

Beyond Nature

The meaning of Sukkot and the Sukkah

A selection of articles and videos of interest from the Rabbi Sacks archive on the holiday of Sukkot:

 The meaning of Sukkot and the Sukkah

Rabbi Sacks on the meaning of the Sukkah

The late Rabbi Jonathan Sacks on the Sukkot holiday: 'You can experience eternity in a moment - all you have to do is celebrate.'

Rabbi Sacks on the meaning of the Sukkahplayer

A nation of storytellers

To know who we are is, in large part, to understand the story or stories of which we are a part.

A nation of storytellers

Leaders learn

Biblical kings had prophets to guide them, but they continued to learn. That is the mark of a statesman rather than a politician.

Leaders learn

Defining reality

We are a small nation. We are smaller than many of our neighbouring nations. But we are different.

Defining reality

To lead is to listen - Eikev 5781

In Judaism we do not see God; we hear God. To listen to God is to be open to God.and that is what Moses is saying throughout Devarim.

To lead is to listen - Eikev 5781

The fewest of all peoples

We may be the fewest of all peoples, but when we heed God’s call, we have the ability,to mend and transform the world.

The fewest of all peoples

Conflict Resolution Matot-Masei 5781

The negotiation between Moses and the 2 tribes in our parsha follows closely the principles arrived at by the Harvard Negotiation Project,

Conflict Resolution: Matot-Masei 5781

The Three Weeks and Tisha B'Av

Questions, stories and points for discussion on the saddest period of the Jewish Year.

The Three Weeks and Tisha B'Av

Miriam, Moses’ friend

Some say that the loss of a sibling is harder to bear than the loss of a parent - Moses has to deal with that bereavement in this parasha.

Miriam, Moses’ friend

Servant leadership

What was wrong with Korach and his fellow agitators? He wanted power. HIs followers each had their reasons to feel resentful toward Moses.

Servant leadership

Jerusalem, the beating heart of Judaism

In 2017,Rabbi Sacks spoke about the impact the Six Day War had on him as a young student at university..

Jerusalem, the beating heart of Judaism

Sprints and Marathons: Acharei Mot–Kedoshim 5781

The good news is: there once was a Moses. Because of him, the people survived. The bad news is: what happens when there is no Moses?

Sprints and Marathons: Acharei Mot–Kedoshim 5781