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Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks ztl

Articles by Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks ztl

Law as Love

One of the most amusing scenes in Anglo-Jewish history occurred on October 14, 1663. A mere seven years had passed since Oliver Cromwell had found

The Power of a Curse

The book of Vayikra draws to a close by outlining the blessings that will follow if the people are faithful to their covenant with God.

Radical Uncertainty

There is something very strange about the festival of Sukkot, of which our parsha is the primary source. On the one hand, it is the

Judaism’s Three Voices

The 19th chapter of Vayikra, with which our parsha begins, is one of the supreme statements of the ethics of the Torah. It’s about the

The Plague of Evil Speech

The Rabbis moralized the condition of tzara’at – often translated as leprosy – the subject that dominates both Tazria and Metzora. It was, they said,

Understanding Sacrifice

One of the most difficult elements of the Torah and the way of life it prescribes is the phenomenon of animal sacrifices — for obvious

The Pursuit of Meaning

The American Declaration of Independence speaks of the inalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Recently, following the pioneering work of Martin

The Social Animal

At the beginning of this parsha Moses performs a tikkun, a mending of the past, namely the sin of the Golden Calf. The Torah signals

The Labor of Gratitude

There is an important principle in Judaism, a source of hope, and also one of the structuring principles of the Torah. It is the principle

Healing the Heart of Darkness

Jobbik, otherwise known as the Movement for a Better Hungary, is an ultra-nationalist Hungarian political party that has been described as fascist, neo-Nazi, racist and