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Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks is an international religious leader, philosopher, and respected moral voice. The author of over 30 books, Rabbi Sacks has received multiple awards in recognition of his work including the 2016 Templeton Prize. He is the recipient of 18 honorary doctorates, 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. He served as the Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth from 1991 to 2013. To read more writings and teachings by Lord Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, please visit www.rabbisacks.org.
Deuteronomy is the last act of the Jewish people’s drama before becoming a nation in its own land, and it forms the context of all that follows.
The paradox of Jewish history is that although a specific territory, the holy land, is at its heart, Jews have spent more time in exile than in Israel; more time longing for it than dwelling in it; more time travelling than arriving.
Moses knew he was not fated to live long enough to cross the Jordan and enter the land. Who would be his successor? Did he have no thoughts on the matter?
Balaam is numbered by the rabbis as one of only four non-royals mentioned in the Tanach who are denied a share in the World to Come.2 Why then did G‑d choose that Israel be blessed by Balaam?
A special video tribute by Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, former Chief Rabbi of Great Britain and the Commonwealth, on the occasion of the Rebbe's 25th yahrtzeit.
Why did Moses momentarily lose control? Why then? Why there? He had faced just this challenge before.
In such a conflict, what is at stake is not truth but power, and the result is that both sides suffer.
How could ten of the spies come back with a defeatist report?
There are, says Rabbi Soloveitchik, two ways in which people become a group – a community, society, or nation.
There are, it is sometimes said, no controlled experiments in history. Every society, every age, and every set of circumstances is unique. If so, there is no science of history. There are no universal rules to guide the destiny of nations. Yet this is not...
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