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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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Jonathan Sacks - A Life of Vertical & Horizontal Responsibility: Shavuot During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Jonathan Sacks – A Life of Vertical & Horizontal Responsibility: Shavuot During the Coronavirus Pandemic Join the Chief Rabbi and Rabbi Lord Sacks as they explore the powerful dual responsibility conferred upon us at Sinai.   Coming up to Shavu

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Jonathan Sacks -Egalitarian Society, Jewish-Style (Bamidbar 5780)

Jonathan Sacks -Egalitarian Society, Jewish-Style (Bamidbar 5780) The parsha of Bamidbar is generally read on the Shabbat before Shavuot, z’man matan torateinu — “the time of the giving of our law,” the revelation at Sinai. So the Sages, believing

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Jonathan Sacks - The Power of a Curse

Jonathan Sacks – The Power of a Curse The book of Vayikra draws to a close by outlining the blessings that will follow if the people are faithful to their covenant with God. Then it describes the curses that will befall them if they are not. The gen

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Jonathan Sacks - Ways of Counting Time: The Omer Controversy

Jonathan Sacks – Ways of Counting Time: The Omer Controversy Dear Friends, I hope you and your family are well despite the continuing challenges, both physical and psychological, presented by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. May all those unwell ha

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Jonathan Sacks - Radical Uncertainty Emor 5780

Jonathan Sacks – Radical Uncertainty Emor 5780 There is something very strange about the festival of Succot, of which our parsha is the primary source. On the one hand, it is the festival supremely associated with joy. It is the only festival in our

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Jonathan Sacks - Words That Heal Tazria-Metzora 5780

Jonathan Sacks – Words That Heal Tazria-Metzora 5780 At the risk of disclosing a spoiler, I would like to begin this week’s Covenant & Conversation by discussing the 2019 film A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. Tom Hanks plays the beloved Ame

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Jonathan Sacks - Limits Shemini 5780

Jonathan Sacks – Limits Shemini 5780 The story of Nadav and Avihu, Aharon’s two eldest sons who died on the day the Sanctuary was dedicated, is one of the most tragic in the Torah. It is referred to on no less than four separate occasions. It turn

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Jonathan Sacks - What do Pesach and Hamilton have in common?

Jonathan Sacks – What do Pesach and Hamilton have in common? Dear Friends, As we approach Pesach, and if you want a break from the preparations, please take a few minutes to watch my short video below that explores what Pesach and Lin-Manuel Miranda

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Jonathan Sacks - The Prophetic View of Sacrifice

Jonathan Sacks – The Prophetic View of Sacrifice Sacrifices, the subject of this week’s parsha, were central to the religious life of biblical Israel. We see this not only by the sheer space devoted to them in the Torah, but also by the fact that

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Jonathan Sacks - Communities and Crowds & Video-Coronavirus

Jonathan Sacks – Communities and Crowds & Video-Coronavirus Melanie Reid is a journalist who writes a regular column for The (London) Times. A quadriplegic with a wry lack of self-pity, she calls her weekly essay Spinal Column. On 4 January 2020, sh

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Jonathan Sacks - Moses Annuls a Vow

Jonathan Sacks – Moses Annuls a Vow Kol Nidre, the prayer said at the beginning of Yom Kippur, is an enigma wrapped in a mystery, perhaps the strangest text ever to capture the religious imagination. First, it is not a prayer at all. It is not even

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Jonathan Sacks - Dressing to Impress

Jonathan Sacks – Dressing to Impress Tetzaveh, with its elaborate description of the “sacred vestments” which the Priests and the High Priest wore “for glory and for splendour,” seems to run counter to some fundamental values of Judaism. The

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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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This is simply grotesque political malpractice, bordering on sabotage.

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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