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Jonathan Sacks - What Do We Receive When We Give?

Jonathan Sacks – What Do We Receive When We Give? The Lord spoke to Moshe, saying, “Tell the Israelites to take an offering for Me; take My offering from all whose heart moves them to give” (Ex. 25:1-2). Our parsha marks a turning point in the r

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Jonathan Sacks - We will do and we will hear

Jonathan Sacks – We will do and we will hear Two words we read towards the end of our parsha – na’aseh ve-nishma, “We will do and we will hear” – are among the most famous in Judaism. They are what our ancestors said when they accepted th

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Jonathan Sacks - The Universal and the Particular

Jonathan Sacks – The Universal and the Particular The quintessential Jewish expression of thanks, gratitude and acknowledgment is Baruch Hashem, meaning “Thank God,” or “Praise be to the Lord.” Chassidim say of the Baal Shem Tov that he wou

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Sheri Oz - Ben-Dror Yemini: Not Always Saying What is Comfortable to Hear

Sheri Oz – Ben-Dror Yemini: Not Always Saying What is Comfortable to Hear This is my translation of an op-ed written by Ben-Dror Yemini, originally published on the Yediot Ahronot website on 6 Feb 2020 and posted here with his permission. Note that

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Rav James Jacobson-Maisels – the path to freedom lies before us – Be'Shalach

Rav James Jacobson-Maisels – the path to freedom lies before us – Be’Shalach Parshat Be’shalach begins with the Israelites setting out from Egypt and camping at Pi-Hachirot, which hyper-literally reads, the mouth, opening, or entrance

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Jonathan Sacks - Crossing the Sea

Jonathan Sacks – Crossing the Sea Our parsha begins with an apparently simple proposition: When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them on the road through the land of the Philistines, though that was shorter. For God said, “If they face

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Sabine Sterk : The Other Side Is Real - The truth must be told - "deal of the century"

Sabine Sterk : The Other Side Is Real – The truth must be told – “deal of the century” After Trump revealed the “deal of the century” for a split second the world was exited… Finally, finally, there would be a huge chance of peace ag

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Jonathan Sacks - "Evil happens when people let it happen..

Jonathan Sacks – “Evil happens when people let it happen.. “Evil happens when people let it happen, and our best defence against it is never to forget where evil leads.” As we approach International Holocaust Memorial Day and the

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Jonathan Sacks - The Weighing of the Heart

Jonathan Sacks – The Weighing of the Heart In this week’s parsha, before even the first plague has struck Egypt, God tells Moses: “I will harden Pharaoh’s heart and multiply My miraculous signs and wonders in Egypt.” (Exodus 7:3) The

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Jonathan Sacks - Faith in the Future

Jonathan Sacks – Faith in the Future Some measure of the radicalism that is introduced into the world by the story of the Exodus can be seen in the sustained mistranslation of the three keywords with which God identified Himself to Moses at the Burn

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Jonathan Sacks - Family, Faith and Freedom

Jonathan Sacks – Family, Faith and Freedom If you want to understand what a book is about, look carefully at how it ends. Genesis ends with three deeply significant scenes. First, Jacob blesses his grandsons, Ephraim and Manasheh. This is the blessi

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Jonathan Sacks - Joseph and the Risks of Power

Jonathan Sacks – Joseph and the Risks of Power Mikketz represents the most sudden and radical transformation in the Torah. Joseph, in a single day, moves from zero to hero, from forgotten, languishing prisoner to viceroy of Egypt, the most powerful

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Jonathan Sacks - The Angel who did not know he was an Angel

Jonathan Sacks – The Angel who did not know he was an Angel The story of Joseph and his brothers, spread over four parshiyot, is the longest and most tightly-scripted of all the narratives in the Torah. Nothing is there by accident; every detail cou

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Yitzhaq Hayut-man - TheHOPE ~ התקווה The New Vision for Israel & Zion

Yitzhaq Hayut-man – TheHOPE ~ התקווה The New Vision  for Israel & Zion   Dr. Yitzhaq Hayut-Man. “And Ya’aqov dwelt in the land where his father sojourned, in the land of Kena’an“. The Hebrew (original) version is, “vaYeshev Yaa

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Jonathan Sacks - To Have a Why Chayei Sarah 5780

Jonathan Sacks – To Have a Why Chayei Sarah 5780 The name of our parsha seems to embody a paradox. It is called Chayei Sarah, “the life of Sarah,” but it begins with the death of Sarah. What is more, towards the end, it records the death of Abra

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Jonathan Sacks - Negative Capability

Jonathan Sacks – Negative Capability I have written about the binding of Isaac many times in these studies, each time proposing an interpretation somewhat different from the ones given by the classic commentators. I do so for a simple reason. The To

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Victor Rosenthal - "Strangers," in Israel and America & Israel's Excessive "Democracy"

Victor Rosenthal – “Strangers,” in Israel and America & Israel’s Excessive “Democracy” We had a guest from America in our shul this week who discussed the week’s portion, lech lecha. She focused on the question of the treatment of the ge

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Jonathan Sacks - A Palace in Flames Lech Lecha 5780

Jonathan Sacks – A Palace in Flames Lech Lecha 5780 Why Abraham? That is the question that haunts us when we read the opening of this week’s parsha. Here is the key figure in the story of our faith, the father of our nation, the hero of monotheism

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Jonathan Sacks - The Light in the Ark

Jonathan Sacks – The Light in the Ark Amid all the drama of the impending flood and the destruction of almost all of creation, we focus on Noah building the ark, and hear one detailed instruction: Make a tzohar for the ark and terminate it within

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Mel Alexenberg - The Bible Begins with God Creating Media Systems

Mel Alexenberg – The Bible Begins with God Creating Media Systems In The Beginning, God Created Media Systems  “In the network of all networks, God created media systems for creating heaven and for creating earth.  When the earth was absolutely

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Dr. Asaf Romirowsky - Netanyahu and Gantz Need to Learn the Hebrew Word "Mamlachtiut

Dr. Asaf Romirowsky – Netanyahu and Gantz Need to Learn the Hebrew Word “Mamlachtiut The Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: The Israeli notion of mamlachtiut does not translate well into English. Coming from the word ma

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Jonathan Sacks - The Genesis of Love Bereishit 5780

Jonathan Sacks – The Genesis of Love Bereishit 5780 In The Lonely Man of Faith, Rabbi Soloveitchik drew our attention to the fact that there are two accounts of creation. The first is in Genesis 1, the second in Genesis 2-3, and they are significant

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Jonathan Sacks - The Festival of Insecurity

Jonathan Sacks – The Festival of Insecurity What exactly is a sukkah? What is it supposed to represent? The question is essential to the mitzvah itself. The Torah says: “Live in sukkot for seven days… so your descendants will know that I ha

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Jonathan Sacks - Let My Teaching Drop as Rain Ha'azinu 5780

Jonathan Sacks – Let My Teaching Drop as Rain Ha’azinu 5780 In the glorious song with which Moses addresses the congregation, he invites the people to think of the Torah – their covenant with God – as if it were like the rain that waters t

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Jonathan Sacks - The Torah as God's Song Vayelech 5780

Jonathan Sacks – The Torah as God’s Song Vayelech 5780 At the end of his life, having given the Israelites at God’s behest 612 commands, Moses gave them the final mitzvah: “Now therefore write down for yourselves this song and teach it to

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Jonathan Sacks - Not Beyond the Sea

Jonathan Sacks – Not Beyond the Sea When I was a student at university in the late 1960s – the era of student protests, psychedelic drugs, and the Beatles meditating with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi – a story went the rounds. An American Jewish wo

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Jonathan Sacks - A Nation of Storytellers

Jonathan Sacks – A Nation of Storytellers Howard Gardner, professor of education and psychology at Harvard University, is one of the great minds of our time. He is best known for his theory of “multiple intelligences,” the idea that there is not

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Jonathan Sacks - The Ecological Imperative

Jonathan Sacks – The Ecological Imperative In the course of setting out the laws of war, the Torah adds a seemingly minor detail that became the basis of a much wider field of human responsibility, and is of major consequence today. The passage conc

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Jonathan Sacks - The Politics of Memory Eikev 5779

Jonathan Sacks – The Politics of Memory Eikev 5779 In Eikev Moses sets out a political doctrine of such wisdom that it can never become redundant or obsolete. He does it by way of a pointed contrast between the ideal to which Israel is called, and t

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Jonathan Sacks - Why is the Jewish People So Small? Va'etchanan 5779

Jonathan Sacks – Why is the Jewish People So Small? Va’etchanan 5779 Near the end of Va’etchanan is a statement with such far-reaching implications that it challenges the impression that has prevailed thus far in the Torah. This remark gives

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Jonathan Sacks - The Teacher As Hero Devarim 5779

  Jonathan Sacks – The Teacher As Hero Devarim 5779 Imagine the following scenario. You are 119 years and 11 months old. The end of your life is in sight. Your hopes have received devastating blows. You have been told by God that you will not enter

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There's a Hole in my Bucket….. Groundhog Day…. We're not in Kansas Anymore, Part 1

There’s a Hole in my Bucket….. Groundhog Day…. We’re not in Kansas Anymore, Part 1 Sometimes things go wrong. It happens. But when it happens here, it’s a reminder that despite Israel’s reputation in Hi-Tech and gastronomy, this is the Middle

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Jonathan Sacks - The Religious Significance of Israel

Jonathan Sacks – The Religious Significance of Israel The long journey is nearing its close. The Jordan is almost within sight. We have read the long itinerary of stops along the way. Finally we are reaching the end of the list of encampments, and G

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Melania Trump's Malpractice | National Review

This is simply grotesque political malpractice, bordering on sabotage.

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Trump’s Genie Is Out of the Bottle | commentary

An incident involving a speaker for Donald Trump illustrates the way the candidate's attitude has given his supporters a license to express prejudice.

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Prager: Why I Am in Israel — and Why You Should Be | Truth Revolt

I want to explain why I am in Israel. I am in here with 450 American (and a German and a Canadian) listeners to my radio show. About 400 are non-Jews. We are here on a “Stand with Israel” tour organized by the syndicator of my radio show, the Salem Ra