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Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks ztl

Articles by Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks ztl

Sibling Rivalry

Read these words that are among the most fateful and reverberating in all of Jewish history: Joseph recognized his brothers, but they did not recognize

How to Renew a Nation

The Talmud gives an ingenious reading to the line, “Moses commanded us a Torah, as a heritage of the congregation of Israel.” Noting that there

We Are What We Remember

One reason religion has survived in the modern world despite four centuries of secularisation is that it answers the three questions every reflective human being

The Limits of Love

In a parsha laden with laws, one in particular is full of fascination. Here it is: If a man has two wives, one loved, the

Environmental Responsibility

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

The Deep Power of Joy

On 14 October 1663, the famous diarist Samuel Pepys paid a visit to the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue in Creechurch Lane in the city of

To 120: Growing Old, Staying Young

On 27 March 2012, to celebrate the diamond jubilee of the Queen, an ancient ceremony took place at Buckingham Palace. A number of institutions presented

Two Kinds of Fear

One of the most powerful addresses I ever heard was given by the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, on this week’s parsha: the story

From Pain to Humility

David Brooks, in his bestselling book, The Road to Character, draws a sharp distinction between what he calls the résumé virtues – the achievements and

The Blessing of Love

At 176 verses, Naso is the longest of the parshiyot. Yet one of its most moving passages, and the one that has had the greatest