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Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks
Rabbi Sacks
 

Posted on: May 1st, 2014

JudaismColumnsRabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

God’s “name” is therefore His standing in the world. Do people acknowledge Him, respect Him, honor Him?

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Posted on: April 24th, 2014

JudaismColumnsRabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

The very act of learning in rabbinic Judaism is conceived as active debate, a kind of gladiatorial contest of the mind.

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Posted on: April 14th, 2014

JudaismColumnsRabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

In Judaism, to be without questions is a sign not of faith, but of lack of depth.

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Posted on: April 10th, 2014

JudaismColumnsRabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

You perpetuate a transformative event by turning it into a ritual.

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Rabbi Sacks
 

Posted on: March 20th, 2014

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There is much in this episode that is hard to understand, much that has to do with the concept of holiness and the powerful energies it released that, like nuclear power today, could be deadly dangerous if not properly used. But there is also a more human story about two approaches to leadership that still resonates with us today.

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Posted on: March 6th, 2014

JudaismColumnsRabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

Nasi is the generic word for a leader: a ruler, king, judge, elder, or prince. Usually it refers to the holder of political power.

Rabbi Sacks
 

Posted on: February 28th, 2014

JudaismColumnsRabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

The account of the construction of the Tabernacle in Vayakhel-Pekudei is built around the number seven.

Rabbi Sacks
 

Posted on: February 21st, 2014

JudaismColumnsRabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

Vayakhel is Moses’ response to the wild abandon of the crowd that gathered around Aaron and made the golden calf.

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Posted on: February 14th, 2014

JudaismColumnsRabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

Sometimes, despite your best efforts, you fail. Such is life.

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Posted on: February 6th, 2014

JudaismColumnsRabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

In Judaism, monarchy had little or no religious function.

Rabbi Sacks
 

Posted on: January 30th, 2014

JudaismColumnsRabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

So long as every crisis was dealt with by Moses and miracles, the Israelite default response was complaint.

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Posted on: January 23rd, 2014

JudaismColumnsRabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

Two laws have to do with the Israelites’ experience of being an oppressed minority:

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Posted on: January 17th, 2014

JudaismColumnsRabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

Only in Judaism was God’s self-disclosure not to an individual or a group (the elders) but to an entire nation.

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Posted on: January 9th, 2014

JudaismColumnsRabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

A fundamental principle of leadership is being taught here.

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Posted on: January 2nd, 2014

JudaismColumnsRabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

Moses did not speak about today or tomorrow. He spoke about the distant future.

Rabbi Sacks
 

Posted on: December 27th, 2013

JudaismColumnsRabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

We sense the pressure Moses is under.

Rabbi Sacks
 

Posted on: December 19th, 2013

JudaismColumnsRabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

six heroines, six courageous women without whom there would not have been a Moses.

Rabbi Sacks
 

Posted on: December 12th, 2013

JudaismColumnsRabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

It is not difficult to understand the care Joseph took to ensure that Jacob would bless the firstborn first.

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Posted on: December 5th, 2013

JudaismColumnsRabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

The family had reached deadlock.

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Posted on: November 28th, 2013

JudaismColumnsRabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

Joseph may have known ancient Egyptian traditions about seven-year famines.

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