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Britain's Former Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

Britain's Former Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks is a global religious leader, philosopher, the author of more than 25 books, and moral voice for our time. Until 1st September 2013 he served as Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth, having held the position for 22 years. To read more from Rabbi Sacks or to subscribe to his mailing list, please visit www.rabbisacks.org.

Building Builders

Terumah – 5 February 2011 – 1 Adar 5771 As soon as we read the opening lines of Terumah we begin the massive shift from the intense drama of the exodus with its signs and wonders and epic events, to the long, detailed narrative of how the Israelites constructed the Tabernacle, the portable sanctuary that […]

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G-d’s Nudge

Mishpatim – 29 January 2011 – 24 Shevat 5771 First in Yitro there were the aseret hadibrot, the “ten utterances” or general principles. Now in Mishpatim come the details. Here is how they begin: If you buy a Hebrew servant, he is to serve you for six years. But in the seventh year, he shall […]

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Deed and Creed

Yitro – 17 January 2011 – 17 Shevat 5771 The parsha of Yitro records the revolutionary moment when G-d, creator of heaven and earth, entered into a mutually binding agreement with a nation, the children of Israel, the agreement we call a brit, a covenant. This is not the first divine covenant in the Torah. […]

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The Power of Ruach

Beshallach – 15 January 2011 – 10 Shevat 5771 In September 2010, BBC, Reuters and other news agencies reported on a sensational scientific discovery. Researchers at US National Center for Atmospheric Research and the University of Colorado have shown through computer simulation how the division of the red sea may have taken place. By sophisticated […]

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The March of Folly

Bo – 8 January 2011 – 3 Shevat 5771 There is a fascinating moment in the unfolding story of the plagues that should make us stop and take notice. Seven plagues have now struck Egypt. The people are suffering. Several times pharaoh seems to soften, only to harden his heart again. During the seventh plague, […]

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The Birth of History

Va’era – 1 January 2010 – 18 Tevet 5771 The parasha of Va’era begins with some fateful words. It would not be too much to say that they changed the course of history because they changed the way people thought about history. In fact, they gave birth to the very idea of history. Listen to […]

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