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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 - The Blessing of Love

Jonathan Sacks – The Blessing of Love I confess to a thrill every time I read these words: Tell Aaron and his sons, ‘This is how you are to bless the Israelites. Say to them: “May the Lord bless you and protect you. May the Lord make His face

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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 Ethic of HolinessJ

Jonathan Sacks – The Ethic of Holiness Kedoshim contains the two great love commands of the Torah. The first is, “Love your neighbour as yourself. I am the Lord” (Lev. 19:18). Rabbi Akiva called this “the great principle of the Torah.” Th

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Rav. Jonathan Sacks - Israel, the Home of Hope

Rav. Jonathan Sacks – Israel, the Home of Hope   As we approach Yom HaZikaron and Yom Ha’Atzmaut here is a short video, the audio of which is taken from a double CD of words and music about Israel that my office produced in 2008. The full

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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 - Left- and Right-Brain Judaism

Jonathan Sacks – Left- and Right-Brain Judaism The institution of the Haftarah – reading a passage from the prophetic literature alongside the Torah portion – is an ancient one, dating back at least 2000 years. Scholars are not sure when, where,

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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 - The Therapeutic Joy of Purim

Jonathan Sacks – The Therapeutic Joy of Purim There’s something very strange about Purim. It is notably a festival of joy, “Yamei mishtei b’simcha”. And not only is the day itself a joyous one, but uniquely, we begin that joy two weeks befor

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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 - 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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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 - 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 - 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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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 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 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 - 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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Nothing found for 2019 07 18 Jonathan Sacks The Crown All Can Wear Pinchas 5779

Israel Seen is a labor of love and is a portal to the other side of Israel. We provide content from a wonderful array of innovative, interesting, and dynamic Israelis. Our content is rich in vision, compassion, education and understanding of the human con

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Jonathan Sacks - Losing Miriam Chukat 5779

Jonathan Sacks – Losing Miriam Chukat 5779 It is a scene that still has the power to shock and disturb. The people complain. There is no water. It is an old complaint and a predictable one. That is what happens in a desert. Moses should have been ab

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Jonathan Sacks WATCH: 'There is Hardly a Country in the World Where Jews Feel Safe'

Jonathan Sacks WATCH: ‘There is Hardly a Country in the World Where Jews Feel Safe’ h/t United with Israel The U.K.’s former chief rabbi delivered a powerful and frightening speech in front of Parliament. Former Chief Rabbi of the U.K. Jonathan Sack

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Jonathan Sacks - Fear of Freedom Shelach Lecha 5779

Jonathan Sacks – Fear of Freedom Shelach Lecha 5779 The episode of the spies was one of the most tragic in the entire Torah. Who sent them and to what end is not entirely clear. In this week’s parsha, the text says that it was God who told Moses t

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Jonathan Sacks - Camp and Congregation - Beha'alotecha 5779

Jonathan Sacks – Camp and Congregation – Beha’alotecha 5779 The parsha of Beha’alotecha speaks about the silver trumpets – clarions – Moses was commanded to make: The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Make two trumpets of silver; mak