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RAV KOOK ON PARSHAT VAYISHLACH:RESTORING THE BROTHERLY LOVE OF YAAKOV AND ESAU

RAV KOOK ON PARSHAT VAYISHLACH:RESTORING THE BROTHERLY LOVE OF YAAKOV AND ESAU “וַיִּשְׁלַ֨ח יַעֲקֹ֤ב מַלְאָכִים֙ לְפָנָ֔יו אֶל־עֵשָׂ֖ו אָחִ֑יו אַ֥רְצָה שֵׂעִ֖יר שְׂדֵ֥ה א

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RAV KOOK ON PARSHAT VAYETZEH: THE HOUSE OF JACOB’S UNIVERSAL MISSION

RAV KOOK ON PARSHAT VAYETZEH: THE HOUSE OF JACOB’S UNIVERSAL MISSION “וַיֵּצֵ֥א יַעֲקֹ֖ב מִבְּאֵ֣ר שָׁ֑בַע וַיֵּ֖לֶךְ חָרָֽנָה׃   Jacob left Beer-sheba, and set out for Haran” (Breishit 28:10) An

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Jonathan Sacks z”l – A Leader’s Call to Responsibility Ha’azinu 5782

Jonathan Sacks z”l – A Leader’s Call to Responsibility Ha’azinu 5782 Rabbi Sacks zt’’l had prepared a full year of Covenant & Conversation for 5781, based on his book Lessons in Leadership. The Rabbi Sacks Legacy Trust will continue t

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Jonathan Sacks z”l – The Courage to Grow & Finding Purpose

Jonathan Sacks z”l – The Courage to Grow & Finding Purpose Finding Purpose On Yom Kippur, we plead with God for forgiveness and reassess our life. Here is a powerful clip from Rabbi Sacks zt”l talking about how to find your purpose in li

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Jonathan Sacks Z”l – Defeating Death Nitzavim 5781

Jonathan Sacks Z”l – Defeating Death Nitzavim 5781 Only now, reaching Nitzavim, can we begin to get a sense of the vast, world-changing project at the heart of the Divine-human encounter that took place in the lifetime of Moses and the birth

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Jonathan Sacks z”l – A Nation of Storytellers Ki Tavo 5781

Jonathan Sacks z”l – A Nation of Storytellers Ki Tavo 5781 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

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ELUL-TORAT HARAV KOOK ON ‘TSHUVA/RETURN’

ELUL-TORAT HARAV KOOK ON ‘TSHUVA/RETURN’ Rav. Kook “When one forgets the essence of one’s own soul, when one distracts their mind from attending to the substantive content of their own inner life, everything becomes confused and uncertain. The pr

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Jonathan Sacks z”l – Against Hate Ki Teitse 5781

Jonathan Sacks z”l – Against Hate Ki Teitse 5781 Ki Teitse contains more laws than any other parsha in the Torah, and it is possible to be overwhelmed by this embarrass de richesse of detail. One verse, however, stands out by its sheer count

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Jonathan Sacks z”l – Learning and Leadership Shoftim 5781

Jonathan Sacks z”l – Learning and Leadership Shoftim 5781 The parsha of Shoftim is the classic source of the three types of leadership in Judaism, called by the Sages the “three crowns”: of priesthood, kingship and Torah.[1] This is the

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PARSHAT RE’EH: RAV KOOK ON ‘HOW TO BE HAPPY’

PARSHAT RE’EH: RAV KOOK ON ‘HOW TO BE HAPPY’ The choice is ours: “Behold- I am placing before you a ברכה-blessing and a קללה-curse.   The blessing will come if you obey the directives of YHVH, your Elohim, which I am prescribing to you t

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Jonathan Sacks z”l – Defining Reality Re’eh 5781

Jonathan Sacks z”l – Defining Reality Re’eh 5781 One of the gifts of great leaders, and one from which each of us can learn, is that they frame reality for the group. They define its situation. They specify its aims. They articulate its

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Jonathan Sacks z”l – To Lead is to Listen Eikev 5781

Jonathan Sacks z”l – To Lead is to Listen Eikev 5781 “If only you would listen to these laws…” (Deut. 7:12). These words with which our parsha begins contain a verb that is a fundamental motif of the book of Devarim. The verb is sh-m-a

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Jonathan Sacks z”l – The Fewest of All Peoples Va’etchanan 5781

Jonathan Sacks z”l – The Fewest of All Peoples Va’etchanan 5781 Buried inconspicuously in this week’s parsha is a short sentence with explosive potential, causing us to think again about both the nature of Jewish history and the Jewish tas

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Jonathan Sacks z”l – The Leader as Teacher Devarim 5781

Jonathan Sacks z”l – The Leader as Teacher Devarim 5781 It was one of the great moments of personal transformation, and it changed not only Moses but our very conception of leadership itself. By the end of the book of Bamidbar, Moses’ career

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Jonathan Sacks z”l – Conflict Resolution Matot-Masei 5781

Jonathan Sacks z”l – Conflict Resolution Matot-Masei 5781 One of the hardest tasks of any leader – from Prime Ministers to parents – is conflict resolution. Yet it is also the most vital. Where there is leadership, there is long-term cohes

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Jonathan Sacks z”l – Lessons of a Leader Pinchas 5781

Jonathan Sacks z”l – Lessons of a Leader Pinchas 5781 The parsha of Pinchas contains a masterclass on leadership, as Moses confronts his own mortality and asks God to appoint a successor. The great leaders care about succession. In parshat Cha

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Jonathan Sacks z”l – Leadership and Loyalty Balak 5781

Jonathan Sacks z”l – Leadership and Loyalty Balak 5781 Rabbi Sacks zt’’l had prepared a full year of Covenant & Conversation for 5781, based on his book Lessons in Leadership. The Rabbi Sacks Legacy Trust will continue to distribute these

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PARSHAT KORACH: RAV KOOK ON ‘KORACH INTERNATIONAL

PARSHAT KORACH: RAV KOOK ON ‘KORACH INTERNATIONAL H/T to Rav. Itzchak EvanShayish “Now Korach, son of Izhar son of Kohath son of Levi, betook himself, along with Dathan and Abiram sons of Eliab, and On son of Peleth—descendants of Reuben—to rise u

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Jonathan Sacks z”l – Servant Leadership Korach 5781

Jonathan Sacks z”l – Servant Leadership Korach 5781 Rabbi Sacks zt’’l had prepared a full year of Covenant & Conversation for 5781, based on his book Lessons in Leadership. The Rabbi Sacks Legacy Trust will continue to distribute these we

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Jonathan Sacks – Confidence Shelach Lecha 5781

Jonathan Sacks – Confidence Shelach Lecha 5781 Rabbi Sacks zt’’l had prepared a full year of Covenant & Conversation for 5781, based on his book Lessons in Leadership. The Rabbi Sacks Legacy Trust will continue to distribute these weekly essays

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Jonathan Sacks z”l – The Politics of Envy Naso 5781

Jonathan Sacks z”l – The Politics of Envy Naso 5781 Rabbi Sacks zt’’l had prepared a full year of Covenant & Conversation for 5781, based on his book Lessons in Leadership. The Rabbi Sacks Legacy Trust will continue to distribute these we

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Jonathan Sacks z”l – Leading a Nation of Individuals Bamidbar 5781

Jonathan Sacks z”l – Leading a Nation of Individuals Bamidbar 5781 Rabbi Sacks zt’’l had prepared a full year of Covenant & Conversation for 5781, based on his book Lessons in Leadership. The Rabbi Sacks Legacy Trust will continue to dist

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Jonathan Sacks – On Not Being Afraid of Greatness Emor 5781

Jonathan Sacks – On Not Being Afraid of Greatness Emor 5781 Rabbi Sacks zt’’l had prepared a full year of Covenant & Conversation for 5781, based on his book Lessons in Leadership. The Rabbi Sacks Legacy Trust will continue to distribute these

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Jonathan Sacks z”l – The Courage of Identity Crises Tzav 5781

Jonathan Sacks z”l – The Courage of Identity Crises Tzav 5781 Rabbi Sacks zt’’l had prepared a full year of Covenant & Conversation for 5781, based on his book Lessons in Leadership. The Rabbi Sacks Legacy Trust will continue to distribut

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Jonathan Sacks z”l – Celebrate Vayakhel-Pekudei 5781

Jonathan Sacks z”l – Celebrate Vayakhel-Pekudei 5781 If leaders are to bring out the best in those they lead, they must give them the chance to show they are capable of great things, and then they must celebrate their achievements. That is w

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Jonathan Sacks z”l – How Leaders Fail Ki Tissa 5781

Jonathan Sacks z”l – How Leaders Fail Ki Tissa 5781 Rabbi Sacks zt’’l had prepared a full year of Covenant & Conversation for 5781, based on his book Lessons in Leadership. The Office of Rabbi Sacks will continue to distribute these weekl

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Jonathan Sacks z”l – Vision and Details Mishpatim 5781

Jonathan Sacks z”l – Vision and Details Mishpatim 5781 Rabbi Sacks zt’’l had prepared a full year of Covenant & Conversation for 5781, based on his book Lessons in Leadership. The Office of Rabbi Sacks will continue to distribute these we

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Jonathan Sacks z”l – A Nation of Leaders Yitro 5781

Jonathan Sacks – A Nation of Leaders Yitro 5781 This week’s parsha consists of two episodes that seem to constitute a study in contrasts. The first is in chapter 18. Yitro, Moses’ father-in-law and a Midianite Priest, gives Moses his first lesso

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Jonathan Sacks z”l – The Far Horizon Bo 5781

Jonathan Sacks z”l – The Far Horizon Bo 5781 To gain insight into the unique leadership lesson of this week’s parsha, I often ask an audience to perform a thought-experiment. Imagine you are the leader of a people that is enslaved and oppres

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Jonathan Sacks z”l – Overcoming Setbacks – Vaera 5781

Jonathan Sacks z”l – Overcoming Setbacks – Vaera 5781 Rabbi Sacks zt’’l had prepared a full year of Covenant & Conversation for 5781, based on his book Lessons in Leadership. The Office of Rabbi Sacks will continue to distribute the

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Jonathan Sacks z”l – Moving Forwards (Vayechi 5781)

Jonathan Sacks z”l – Moving Forwards (Vayechi 5781) Rabbi Sacks zt’’l had prepared a full year of Covenant & Conversation for 5781, based on his book Lessons in Leadership. The Office of Rabbi Sacks will continue to distribute these weekl

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Jonathan Sacks z”l – The Unexpected Leader Vayigash 5781

Jonathan Sacks z”l – The Unexpected Leader Vayigash 5781 Rabbi Sacks zt’’l had prepared a full year of Covenant & Conversation for 5781, based on his book Lessons in Leadership. The Office of Rabbi Sacks will continue to distribute these

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Jonathan Sacks z"l - The Power of Praise Vayeshev 5781

Jonathan Sacks z”l – The Power of Praise Vayeshev 5781 Reuben is the leader who might have been but never was. He was Jacob’s firstborn. Jacob said of him on his deathbed, “Reuben, you are my firstborn, my might, the first sign of my s

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Jonathan Sacks z”l – Communication Matters Toldot 5781

Jonathan Sacks z”l – Communication Matters Toldot 5781 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 a lack of communication. He note

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Jonathan Sacks - Answering the Call Vayera 5781

Jonathan Sacks – Answering the Call Vayera 5781 The early history of humanity is set out in the Torah as a series of disappointments. God gave human beings freedom, which they then misused. Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit. Cain murdered Abel. W

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Jonathan Sacks - The Courage not to Conform Lech Lecha 5781

Jonathan Sacks – The Courage not to Conform Lech Lecha 5781   Leaders lead. That does not mean to say that they do not follow. But what they follow is different from what most people follow. They don’t conform for the sake of conforming. They

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Jonathan Sacks – Righteousness is not Leadership Noach 5781

Jonathan Sacks – Righteousness is not Leadership Noach 5781 The praise accorded to Noah is unparalleled in Tanach. He was, says the Torah, “a righteous man, perfect in his generations; Noah walked with God.” No such praise is given to Abraham or

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Commentary on Weekly Bible Portion. by Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Rabbi Emeritus of Efrat, Israel

Commentary on Weekly Bible Portion. by Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Rabbi Emeritus of Efrat, Israel Thanks to our wonderful friends at Israel Behind the News Parshat Bereshit Efrat, Israel – The beginning of our communal Torah readings once again with the Book o

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Jonathan Sacks - Taking Responsibility Bereishit 5781

Jonathan Sacks – Taking Responsibility Bereishit 5781 If leadership is the solution, what is the problem? On this, the Torah could not be more specific. The problem is a failure of responsibility. The early chapters of Genesis focus on two stories:

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Jonathan Sacks -The Arc of the Moral Universe - Parshat Ha'azinu

Jonathan Sacks -The Arc of the Moral Universe – Parshat Ha’azinu In majestic language, Moses breaks into song, investing his final testament to the Israelites with all the power and passion at his command. He begins dramatically but gently, callin

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Jonathan Sacks - "Building the Future" Watch Part 3

Jonathan Sacks – “Building the Future” Watch Part 3 Here is the third in my series of three drashot as we approach Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. The subject of this talk is “Building the Future”. This series is generously spo

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Jonathan Sacks - Rethinking Failure (Pt 2 of 3 | Elul 5780)

Jonathan Sacks – Rethinking Failure (Pt 2 of 3 | Elul 5780)

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Jonathan Sacks - How to Renew a Nation

Jonathan Sacks – How to Renew a Nation   The Talmud gives an ingenious reading to the line, “Moses commanded us a Torah, as a heritage of the congregation of Israel.” Noting that there are 613 commands, and that the numerical value of the w

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Jonathan Sacks - Be Silent and Listen (Ki Tavo 5780)

Jonathan Sacks – Be Silent and Listen (Ki Tavo 5780)   Office of Rabbi Sacks · Be Silent and Listen (Ki Tavo 5780) During our first Coronavirus lockdown, there was one question I was asked more than any other: What about prayer? Just when we n

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Jonathan Sacks - Does Love Conquer All? Ki Teitse 5780

Jonathan Sacks – Does Love Conquer All? Ki Teitse 5780     Our parsha contains more laws than any other. Some of them have generated much study and debate, especially two at the beginning, the law of the captive woman and that of the “st

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Jonathan Sacks - A Sage is Greater than a Prophet

Jonathan Sacks – A Sage is Greater than a Prophet In Shoftim, Moses speaks about the great institutions of Judaism: courts, judges, officers, Kings, Priests, Levites and Prophets. In the case of the Prophet, Moses says in the name of God: I will rai

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Jonathan Sacks - Followership

Jonathan Sacks – Followership In the last month of his life, Moses gathered the people. He instructed them about the laws they were to keep and reminded them of their history since the Exodus. That is the substance of the book of Devarim. Early in t

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Jonathan Sacks - Moral vs. Political Decisions

Jonathan Sacks – Moral vs. Political Decisions The coronavirus pandemic raised a series of deep moral and political issues.[1] How far should governments go in seeking to prevent its spread? To what extent should it restrict people’s movements at

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Jonathan Sacks - The Hidden Meaning of the Bilam Story

Jonathan Sacks – The Hidden Meaning of the Bilam Story Many questions have rightly been asked about the story of Balak and Bilam and the would-be curses that turned into blessings. Was Bilam a true man of God, or was he a fraud, a magician, a sorcer

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Jonathan Sacks - What is going on?

Jonathan Sacks – What is going on? In March 2020, whilst launching a new book,[1] I took part in a BBC radio programme along with Mervyn King, who had been governor of the Bank of England at the time of the financial crash of 2008. He, together wit

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Jonathan Sacks - Coronavirus: Loneliness and Faith

Jonathan Sacks – Coronavirus: Loneliness and Faith I have long been intrigued by one passage in this week’s parsha. After a lengthy stay in the Sinai desert, the people are about to begin the second part of their journey. They are no longer travel

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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