Category Archives: Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

An international religious leader, philosopher, award-winning author and respected moral voice, Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks was awarded the 2016 Templeton Prize in recognition of his “exceptional contributions to affirming life’s spiritual dimension.” Described by H.R.H. The Prince of Wales as “a light unto this nation” and by former British Prime Minister Tony Blair as “an intellectual giant”, Rabbi Sacks is a frequent and sought-after contributor to radio, television and the press both in Britain and around the world.

Rabbi Sacks has been awarded 18 honorary doctorates including a Doctor of Divinity conferred to mark his first ten years in office as Chief Rabbi, by the then Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey.

Rabbi Sacks was knighted by Her Majesty The Queen in 2005 and made a Life Peer, taking his seat in the House of Lords in October 2009. Born in 1948 in London, he has been married to Elaine since 1970. They have three children and several grandchildren.

Left- and Right-Brain Judaism – Tzav 5780, Family Edition

Click on the image below to download this week’s Family Edition of Covenant & Conversation for Tzav. The Family Edition is an accompaniment to the main Covenant & Conversation and is aimed at making Rabbi Sacks’ ideas more accessible to older children and teenagers. It includes a number of questions to enhance your Shabbat discussions, […]

Left- and Right-Brain Judaism (Tzav 5780)

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, and why it was instituted. Some say that it began when Antiochus IV’s attempt to eliminate Jewish practice in the second […]

A D’var Torah by Rabbi Sacks on Vayikra in the age of the coronavirus pandemic

TRANSCRIPT – Click here to download as a PDF Friends, I’m speaking to you in isolation, from my home in London. I wanted to express our thanks to all those who are fighting on the frontline of COVID-19. The doctors, the nurses, the keyworkers, the support staff, the teachers, the people filling the shelves in […]

The Prophetic View of Sacrifice – Vayikra 5780, Family Edition

    Click on the image below to download this week’s Family Edition of Covenant & Conversation for Vayikra. The Family Edition is an accompaniment to the main Covenant & Conversation and is aimed at making Rabbi Sacks’ ideas more accessible to older children and teenagers. It includes a number of questions to enhance your […]

The Prophetic View of Sacrifice (Vayikra 5780)

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 they occupy its central book, Vayikra. We have not had the sacrificial service since the destruction of the […]

A D’var Torah by Rabbi Sacks on Vayakhel-Pekudei in the age of the coronavirus pandemic

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9LDJDxY-5Rk&feature=youtu.be  TRANSCRIPT – Click here to download as a PDF Friends throughout the world, This is an extraordinary moment for the world, when a virus is sweeping across humanity, bringing it to its knees in a way that the world hasn’t known to quite this extent for 100 years. And who knows whether this new […]

Rabbi Sacks on the coronavirus pandemic (Extended Newsnight interview)

On Tuesday 17th March, Rabbi Sacks was interviewed by Emily Maitlis on BBC Newsnight about how the themes of his new book Morality: Restoring the Common Good in Divided Times* relate to the current Coronavirus situation. Please find the full interview below. * You can buy a copy of Rabbi Sacks’ book here (except in the United States or Canada where the […]

Communities and Crowds – Vayakhel-Pekudei 5780, Family Edition

Click on the image below to download this week’s Family Edition of Covenant & Conversation for Vayakhel-Pekudei. The Family Edition is an accompaniment to the main Covenant & Conversation and is aimed at making Rabbi Sacks’ ideas more accessible to older children and teenagers. It includes a number of questions to enhance your Shabbat discussions, […]

Communities and Crowds (Vayakhel-Pekudei 5780)

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, she told the story of how she, her husband, and others in their Scottish village bought an ancient inn to convert it […]

Moses Annuls a Vow – Ki Tissa 5780, Family Edition

Click on the image below to download this week’s Family Edition of Covenant & Conversation for Ki Tissa. The Family Edition is an accompaniment to the main Covenant & Conversation and is aimed at making Rabbi Sacks’ ideas more accessible to older children and teenagers. It includes a number of questions to enhance your Shabbat […]