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Jonathan Sacks z”l – A Father’s Love – Toldot

Jonathan Sacks z”l – A Father’s Love – Toldot In this week’s sedra, we see Isaac as the parent of two very different sons. “The boys grew up. Esau became a skilful hunter, a man of the outdoors; but Jacob was a mild man who stayed

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Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks z”l – How This Jewish Holiday Decodes the Secret to Happiness

Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks z”l – How This Jewish Holiday Decodes the Secret to Happiness   ABOUT JLI Serving learning centers in over 1,800 communities and on the internet, the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute (JLI) is the world’s pree

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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. It occ

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Jonathan Sacks z”l – From Priest to People: Kedoshim

Jonathan Sacks z”l – From Priest to People: Kedoshim My wife and I had the blessing to have met Rabbi Sacks z”l with his wife while we were walking on the Promanade in Tel Aviv a number of years ago. We met and introduced ourselves to th

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Jonathan Sacks z”l – Fire: Holy and Unholy Shemini

Jonathan Sacks z”l – Fire: Holy and Unholy Shemini The shock is immense. For several weeks and many chapters – the longest prelude in the Torah – we have read of the preparations for the moment at which God would bring His Presence to rest

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Jonathan Sacks z”l – Violence and the Sacred (TZAV)

  The Rabbi Sacks Legacy Trust · Violence and the Sacred(Rabbi Sacks on Tzav, Covenant & Conversation) Jonathan Sacks z”l – Violence and the Sacred (TZAV) Why sacrifices? To be sure, they have not been part of the life of Judaism since t

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Rabbi Jonathan Sacks z”l – 8 Short Thoughts on Hanukkah

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks z”l – 8 Short Thoughts on Hanukkah H/T Aish.com 1. Inspired by faith, we can change the world Twenty-two centuries ago, when Israel was under the rule of the empire of Alexander the Great, one particular leader, Antiochus

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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 – Consensus vs. Command? Vayelech 5782

Jonathan Sacks Z”l – Consensus vs. Command? Vayelech 5782 What do you say to your successor? What advice do you give them? Vayelech is the place to look for the answer, because it is here that Moses finally handed the reins over to Joshua, a

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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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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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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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Jonathan Sacks z”l – Miriam, Moses’ Friend Chukat 5781

Jonathan Sacks z”l – Miriam, Moses’ Friend Chukat 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 the

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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 – Power or Influence? Beha’alotecha 5781

Jonathan Sacks z”l – Power or Influence? Beha’alotecha 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 – 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 – Sprints and Marathons Acharei Mot – Kedoshim 5781

Jonathan Sacks – Sprints and Marathons Acharei Mot – Kedoshim 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 distribu

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Jonathan Sacks – How to Praise Tazria – Metzora 5781

Jonathan Sacks – How to Praise Tazria – Metzora 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 weekl

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Jonathan Sacks z”l – Israel’s Memorial Day YOM HAZIKARON

Jonathan Sacks z”l – Israel’s Memorial Day YOM HAZIKARON (Israel’s Memorial Day) is the day on which Israel pauses to remember all those who have given up their lives fighting for and defending the State of Israel, including victims of ter

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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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Inspiration from Rabbi Sacks for Shabbat HaGadol and Pesach

Inspiration from Rabbi Sacks for Shabbat HaGadol and Pesach Dear Friends, As we approach Pesach we wanted to highlight a number of pieces of content from the teachings of Rabbi Sacks zt”l that you might find inspiring as you prepare for the Seder an

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Jonathan Sacks z”l – The Sins of a Leader Vayikra 5781

Jonathan Sacks z”l – The Sins of a Leader Vayikra 5781 As we have discussed so many times already this year, leaders make mistakes. That is inevitable. So, strikingly, our parsha of Vayikra implies. The real issue is how leaders respond to the

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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 – Women as Leaders Shemot 5781

Jonathan Sacks z”l – Women as Leaders Shemot 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 weekly

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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 - Be Thyself Vayishlach 5781

Jonathan Sacks z”l – Be Thyself Vayishlach 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 carry on distributing these essays eac

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Jonathan Sacks z"l - Light in Dark Times Vayetse 5781

Jonathan Sacks z”l – Light in Dark Times Vayetse 5781 What is it that made Jacob – not Abraham or Isaac or Moses – the true father of the Jewish people? We are called the “congregation of Jacob,” “the Children of Israel.” Jacob/Isr

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Jonathan Sacks z"l - Beginning the Journey Chayei Sarah 5781

Jonathan Sacks z”l – Beginning the Journey Chayei Sarah 5781 Rabbi Sacks z’’l had prepared a full year of Covenant & Conversation for 5781, based on his book Lessons in Leadership. The Office of Rabbi Sacks will carry on distributing thes

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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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Rav. Jonathan Sacks - "How Freedom is Born, Practiced and Sustained"

Rav. Jonathan Sacks – “How Freedom is Born, Practiced and Sustained” Marx said that man is a product of social forces, themselves shaped by the interests of the ruling class, the owners of property of which the most significant is land.

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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