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Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks ztl

Articles by Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks ztl

The Face of Evil

After 9/11, when the horror and trauma had subsided, Americans found themselves asking what had happened and why. Was it a disaster? A tragedy? A

The Spiritual Child

The American writer Bruce Feiler recently published a best-selling book entitled “The Secrets of Happy Families.” It’s an engaging work that uses research largely drawn

Free Will

The question is ancient. If God hardened Pharaoh’s heart, then it was God who made Pharaoh refuse to let the Israelites go, not Pharaoh himself.

On Not Obeying Immoral Orders

The opening chapters of Exodus plunge us into the midst of epic events. Almost at a stroke the Israelites are transformed from protected minority to

When Can We Lie?

After the death of Jacob, Joseph’s brothers were afraid. Years earlier, when he had revealed his true identity to them, he appeared to have forgiven

The Birth of Forgiveness

There are rare and special moments when the world changes and a new possibility is born: when the Wright brothers in 1903 made the first

Appearance and Reality

After 22 years and many twists and turns, Joseph and his brothers finally meet. We sense the drama of the moment. The last time they

The Heroism of Tamar

This is a true story that took place in the 1970s. Rabbi Dr. Nahum Rabinovitch, then principal of Jews’ College, the rabbinic training seminary in

Feeling the Fear

It is one of the most enigmatic episodes in the Torah, but also one of the most important, because it was the moment that gave

How the Light Gets In

Why Jacob? That is the question we find ourselves asking repeatedly as we read the narratives of Genesis. Jacob is not what Noah was: righteous,

Communication Matters

The Netziv (Naftali Zvi Yehuda Berlin, 1816–1893, dean of the Yeshiva in Volozhin) made the astute observation that Isaac and Rebecca seem to suffer from

The Kindness of Strangers

In 1966 an 11-year-old black boy moved with his parents and family to a white neighborhood in Washington. Sitting with his two brothers and two