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Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

Articles by Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

The Blessing of Love

At one hundred and seventy six verses, Naso is the longest of the parshiyot. Yet one of its most moving passages, and the one that

Liminal Space

In English, the book we begin this week is called Numbers, and for an obvious reason. It begins with a census, and there is even

The Birth of Hope

  This week we read the tochecha, the terrifying curses warning of what would happen to Israel if it betrayed its Divine mission. We read

Think Long

In last week’s parsha and this, there are two quite similar commands—both of which have to do with counting time. Last week, we read about

The Duality of Jewish Time

Alongside the holiness of place and person is the holiness of time, something Parshat Emor charts in its deceptively simple list of festivals and holy

Followership

There is a fascinating sequence of commands in the great “holiness code” with which our parsha begins, that sheds light on the nature not just

The Price of Free Speech

Hannah Smith was a 14-year-old schoolgirl living in Lutterworth, Leicestershire. Bright and outgoing, she enjoyed an active social life and seemed to have an exciting

The Dangers of Enthusiasm

Excavating the history of words can sometimes be as revealing as excavating the ruins of an ancient city. Take the English word “enthusiasm.” Today, we

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 reasons. First,

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

Integrity in Public Life

There is a verse so familiar that we don’t often stop to reflect on what it means. It is the line from the first paragraph

God’s Shadow

In Vayakhel we meet, for the second time, the man who became the symbol of the artist in Judaism, a man by the name of