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Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks zt”l – Torah as Song VAYELECH •...

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Moses’ long and tempestuous career is about to end. With words of blessing and encouragement he hands on the mantle of leadership to his...

Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks zt”l – Why Judaism? – NITZAVIM •...

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This week’s parsha raises a question that goes to the heart of Judaism, but which was not asked for many centuries until raised by...

Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks zt”l – The Pursuit of Joy –...

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Happiness, said Aristotle, is the ultimate good at which all humans aim. But in Judaism it is not necessarily so. Happiness is a high value. Ashrei,...

Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks zt”l -To the Third and Fourth Generations...

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There is, on the face of it, a fundamental contradiction in the Torah. On the one hand we hear, in the passage known as...

Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks zt”l – Environmental Responsibility SHOFTIM •...

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Some commands in the Torah were understood so narrowly by the Sages that they were rendered almost inapplicable. One example is the ir ha-nidachat, the...

Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks zt”l – The Second Tithe and Strong...

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Biblical Israel from the time of Joshua until the destruction of the Second Temple was a predominantly agricultural society. Accordingly, it was through agriculture...

Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks zt”l – The Power of Gratitude EIKEV...

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In the early 1990s, one of the great medical research exercises of modern times took place. It became known as the Nun Study. Some...

Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks zt”l – The Right and the Good...

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Buried among the epic passages in Va’etchanan – among them the Shema and the Ten Commandments – is a brief passage with large implications...

Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks zt”l – Why Are There So Many...

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At the beginning of the book of Devarim, Moses reviews the history of the Israelites’ experience in the wilderness, starting with the appointment of...

Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks zt”l – Retribution and Revenge MASEI •...

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Near the end of the book of Bamidbar, we encounter the law of the cities of refuge: three cities to the east of the...