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Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

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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

The unexpected leader

Predictions are impossible in the affairs of living, breathing human beings and in this parasha, we see Judah rise to leadership - and why.

The unexpected leader

Miketz: Three approaches to dreams

Joseph had three gifts that many have in isolation but few in combination.

Miketz: Three approaches to dreams

Watch: Rabbi Sacks' daughter lights Hanukkah candles in his memory

Gila Sacks, daughter of Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, joins Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer virtually for Hanukkah candle lighting.

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Vayeshev: The power of praise; Hanukkah: Ceremony and Celebration for the family

There is a delicate balance between the neglect that leads to lack of confidence and excessive praise or favouritism..

Vayeshev: The power of praise-Hanukkah: Ceremony and Celebration

Prince Charles calls Rabbi Jonathan Sacks ‘a light unto this nation’

The Prince of Wales lauds former UK Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks at 'shloshim' event marking 30 days since Rabbi Sack's passing.

Prince Charles calls Rabbi Sacks ‘a light unto this nation’

Vayishlach: Be thyself

The story of Jacob wrestling with an unnamed adversary and his new name Israel is essential to understanding what it means to be a Jew.

Vayishlach: Be thyself

Our mentor. our teacher. Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks z"l, an American perspective

Three major Orthodox forces in America, the OU, RCA and YU join in a filmed tribute to Rabbi Sacks.

Our mentor, Rabbi Jonathan Sacks z"l, an American perspective

Light in dark times

The ability to survive and to recover is part of what it takes to be a leader. Covenant & Conversation for Vayetse.

LIght in dark times

Communication matters

Isaac never intended to give the blessing of the covenant to Esau. He intended to give each child the blessing that suited them.

Communication matters

Rabbi Sacks' Torah series to continue - even after his passing

Office of the late UK Chief Rabbi says a full year's-worth of essays prepared before Rabbi Sacks passed away from cancer.

Rabbi Sacks' Torah series to continue - even after his passing

12 lessons I learned from Rabbi Sacks

":I am saddened, my brother Jonathan, you were so very pleasant to me." (Samuel II, Chapter 1)  Learning life lessons by example. Op-ed.

12 lessons I learned from Rabbi Sacks

Two public figures left the world: One inspirational, one despicable

The contrast is between those who choose life and those who inflict death those who promote love and those who incite hatred. Op-ed.

Two public figures left us: One inspirational, one despicable

Beginning the Journey (Chayei Sarah 5781)

Rabbi Sacks z’’l prepared a full year of Covenant & Conversation for 5781, based on his book Lessons in Leadership.

Beginning the Journey (Chayei Sarah 5781)

Daughter of Rabbi Jonathan Sacks: He loved us so

Gila Sacks eulogizes her father. 'Today came too soon and I'm not ready.'

Daughter of Rabbi Jonathan Sacks: He loved us soplayer

Rain that becomes a forest: Elegy for Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

In a week the shiva will end but the hole in our hearts will not heal. In memoriam and in gratitude for a great man of our times.

Rain that becomes a forest: Elegy for Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

Watch: Rabbi Jonathan Sacks laid to rest in London

Rabbis and relatives pay their final respects at funeral service for former chief rabbi of Britain, Rabbi Jonathan Sacks.

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Rabbi Jonathan Sacks: Why bad things happen to good people

In a heartbreaking video circulating the web, Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks presents a touching answer to a timeless question

Rabbi Sacks: Why bad things happen to good peopleplayer

EU's anti-Semitism czar eulogizes Rabbi Sacks as a 'mensch'

Europe's coordinator for combating anti-Semitism eulogizes Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, calling him a 'bridge builder between cultures'.

EU's anti-Semitism czar eulogizes Rabbi Sacks as a 'mensch'