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Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

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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

Rabbi Sacks on the Holocaust

From the writings of Rabbi Sacks: questions, stories and points for family discussion and a prayer composed by Rabbi Sacks for Yom HaShoah.

Rabbi Sacks on the Holocaust

Leadership: The courage of identity crises

Leaders must have the strength to know what they cannot be if they are to have the courage to be truly their best selves.

Leadership: The courage of identity crises

Celebrate!

Genesis began with an act of Divine creation. Exodus ends with an act of human creation!. G-d and we are partners!

Celebrate!

Ki Tissa: How leaders fail

There is an apocryphal quote attributed to several politicians: “Of course I follow the party. After all, I am their leader.”

Ki Tissa: How leaders fail

For Purim: G-d's hidden call

You don’t have to change the world to change the world, but we must always ask ourselves, what does Hashem want of me in this place, now?

For Purim: G-d's hidden call

The home we build together - Terumah 5781

The building of the Tabernacle was the first great project the Israelites undertook together. It symbolised the challenge of the future.

The home we build together -Terumah 5781

Vision and details - Mishpatim 5781

Torah means “law.” But it also means “teaching, instruction, guidance,” or more generally, “direction”.

Vision and details - Mishpatim 5781

A naton of leaders

Doing the math in Jethro's suggestion to Moses, we realize that 1 in every 8 adult male was expected to undertake a form of leadership role.

A naton of leaders

International Holocaust Memorial Day and Tu Bi'Shvat

Online resources for International Holocaust Memorial Day and Tu Bi'Shvat, from the archive of Rabbi Sacks zt"l.

International Holocaust Memorial Day and Tu Bi'Shvat

The far horizon

Moes did not speak about liberty at the Exodus, he spoke about the distant future and the duty of parents to educate their children.

The far horizon

Overcoming setbacks

There are heights you cannot climb without first having fallen. Moses shows us the need to try and try again.

Overcoming setbacks

Women as leaders

Beneath the surface of the parasha is a counter-narrative of six extraordinary women without whom there would not have been a Moses.

Women as leaders

Tony Blair, former UK PM: Rabbi Sacks reminded me importance of faith

Conference of European Rabbis holds memorial event honoring Rabbi Jonathan Sacks. 'The things he gave me will stay with me till I die.'

Tony Blair: Rabbi Sacks reminded me importance of faith

Moving forwards

Any leader elected to anything, anyone more loved or gifted than others, will face envy and false accusations. Joseph did not waver.. Op-ed.

Moving forwards