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Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks
Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks
 

Posted on: January 2nd, 2014

JudaismColumnsRabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

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

Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks
 

Posted on: December 27th, 2013

JudaismColumnsRabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

We sense the pressure Moses is under.

Rabbi Lord Jonathan 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 Lord Jonathan 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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Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks
 

Posted on: December 5th, 2013

JudaismColumnsRabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

The family had reached deadlock.

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Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks
 

Posted on: November 28th, 2013

JudaismColumnsRabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

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

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Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks
 

Posted on: October 24th, 2013

JudaismColumnsRabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

The purchase of the Cave of Machpelah is evidently a highly significant event because it is recorded in great detail.

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Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks
 

Posted on: October 10th, 2013

JudaismColumnsRabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

Leaders lead. They don’t conform for the sake of conforming. They don’t do what others do merely because others are doing it. They think outside the box. They march to a different tune.

Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks
 

Posted on: September 25th, 2013

JudaismColumnsRabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

Could we understand the history of Israel without its prehistory, the stories of Abraham and Sarah and their children?

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Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks
 

Posted on: September 4th, 2013

JudaismColumnsRabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

It was Moses who mediated with God.

Lord Rabbi Jonathan Sacks
 

Posted on: August 29th, 2013

JudaismColumnsRabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

The Torah scroll is the nearest Judaism comes to endowing a physical entity with sanctity.

Lord Rabbi Jonathan Sacks
 

Posted on: August 22nd, 2013

JudaismColumnsRabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

The ancients saw the gods in nature, never more so than in thinking about the harvest and all that accompanied it.

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Lord Rabbi Jonathan Sacks
 

Posted on: August 15th, 2013

JudaismColumnsRabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

Fathers shall not be put to death for their children, nor children put to death for their fathers -- how is that compatible with the idea that children may suffer for the sins of their parents?

Lord Rabbi Jonathan Sacks
 

Posted on: August 7th, 2013

JudaismColumnsRabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

On the face of it, the test is simple: if what the prophet predicts comes to pass, he is a true prophet; if not, not. Clearly, though, it was not that simple.

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Lord Rabbi Jonathan Sacks
 

Posted on: August 1st, 2013

JudaismColumnsRabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

These stories all have to do with the mitzvah of tzedakah whose source is in this week’s parshah.

The Prince of Wales with Lord Sacks, Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth.
 

Posted on: July 25th, 2013

JudaismColumnsRabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

One of the more unusual aspects of being a chief rabbi is that one comes to know people one otherwise might not.

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks
 

Posted on: July 18th, 2013

JudaismColumnsRabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

The biblical covenant has the same literary structure as ancient near eastern political treaties.

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Portia and Shylock
 

Posted on: July 11th, 2013

JudaismColumnsRabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

Shakespeare is expressing the medieval stereotype of Christian mercy (Portia) as against Jewish justice (Shylock).

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Posted on: June 6th, 2013

JudaismColumnsRabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

For the first and only time, Moses invokes a miracle to prove the authenticity of his mission

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Posted on: May 29th, 2013

JudaismColumnsRabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

This week’s sedrah, Shelach Lecha, ends with one of the great commands of Judaism – tzitzit, the fringes we wear on the corner of our garments as a perennial reminder of our identity as Jews and our obligation to keep the Torah’s commands.

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