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Follow the audio shiurim, lectures and speeches of Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, global religious leader, philosopher, author of over 30 books and moral voice for our time. Rabbi Sacks served as Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth between September 1991 and September 2013. A full biography - together with an extensive online archive of Rabbi Sacks' work - is available at www.rabbisacks.org or you can follow him on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @rabbisacks.

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Follow the audio shiurim, lectures and speeches of Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, global religious leader, philosopher, author of over 30 books and moral voice for our time. Rabbi Sacks served as Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth between September 1991 and September 2013. A full biography - together with an extensive online archive of Rabbi Sacks' work - is available at www.rabbisacks.org or you can follow him on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @rabbisacks.

    Is there such a thing as Lashon Tov? (Tazria, Covenant & Conversation)

    Is there such a thing as Lashon Tov? (Tazria, Covenant & Conversation)

    Welcome to Covenant & Conversation, Rabbi Sacks' commentary on the weekly Torah portion. These pieces explore the ideas from the Torah readings of each week of the yearly cycle.

    You can find both the video and the full written article on Metzora available to watch, read, print, and share, in multiple languages, by visiting https://rabbisacks.org/covenant-conversation/metzora/is-there-such-a-thing-as-lashon-tov/

    A new FAMILY EDITION is now also available: https://rabbisacks.org/covenant-conversation-family-edition/metzora/is-there-such-a-thing-as-lashon-tov/

    For more articles, videos, and other material from Rabbi Sacks, please visit www.RabbiSacks.org and follow @RabbiSacks.

    The Rabbi Sacks Legacy continues to share weekly inspiration from Rabbi Sacks. This piece was originally written and recorded by Rabbi Sacks in 2011.

    With thanks to the Schimmel Family for their generous sponsorship of Covenant & Conversation, dedicated in loving memory of Harry (Chaim) Schimmel.

    • 8 min
    Othello, WikiLeaks, and Mildewed Walls (Tazria, Covenant & Conversation)

    Othello, WikiLeaks, and Mildewed Walls (Tazria, Covenant & Conversation)

    Welcome to Covenant & Conversation, Rabbi Sacks' commentary on the weekly Torah portion. These pieces explore the ideas from the Torah readings of each week of the yearly cycle.

    You can find both the video and the full written article on Tazria available to watch, read, print, and share, in multiple languages, by visiting https://rabbisacks.org/covenant-conversation/tazria/othello-wikileaks-and-mildewed-walls/

    A new FAMILY EDITION is now also available: https://rabbisacks.org/covenant-conversation-family-edition/tazria/othello-wikileaks-mildewed-walls/

    For more articles, videos, and other material from Rabbi Sacks, please visit www.RabbiSacks.org and follow @RabbiSacks.

    The Rabbi Sacks Legacy continues to share weekly inspiration from Rabbi Sacks. This piece was originally written and recorded by Rabbi Sacks in 2011.

    With thanks to the Schimmel Family for their generous sponsorship of Covenant & Conversation, dedicated in loving memory of Harry (Chaim) Schimmel.

    • 7 min
    Spontaneity: Good or Bad? (Shemini, Covenant & Conversation)

    Spontaneity: Good or Bad? (Shemini, Covenant & Conversation)

    Welcome to Covenant & Conversation, Rabbi Sacks' commentary on the weekly Torah portion. These pieces explore the ideas from the Torah readings of each week of the yearly cycle.

    You can find both the video and the full written article on Shemini available to watch, read, print, and share, in multiple languages, by visiting https://rabbisacks.org/covenant-conversation/shemini/spontaneity-good-or-bad/

    A new FAMILY EDITION is now also available: https://rabbisacks.org/covenant-conversation-family-edition/shemini/spontaneity-good-or-bad/

    For more articles, videos, and other material from Rabbi Sacks, please visit www.RabbiSacks.org and follow @RabbiSacks.

    The Rabbi Sacks Legacy continues to share weekly inspiration from Rabbi Sacks. This piece was originally written and recorded by Rabbi Sacks in 2011.

    With thanks to the Schimmel Family for their generous sponsorship of Covenant & Conversation, dedicated in loving memory of Harry (Chaim) Schimmel.

    • 8 min
    Why Civilisations Die (Tzav, Covenant & Conversation)

    Why Civilisations Die (Tzav, Covenant & Conversation)

    Welcome to Covenant & Conversation, Rabbi Sacks' commentary on the weekly Torah portion. These pieces explore the ideas from the Torah readings of each week of the yearly cycle.

    You can find both the video and the full written article on Tzav available to watch, read, print, and share, in multiple languages, by visiting: https://rabbisacks.org/covenant-conversation/tzav/why-civilisations-die/

    A new FAMILY EDITION is now also available: https://rabbisacks.org/covenant-conversation-family-edition/tzav/why-civilisations-die/

    For more articles, videos, and other material from Rabbi Sacks, please visit www.RabbiSacks.org and follow @RabbiSacks.

    The Rabbi Sacks Legacy continues to share weekly inspiration from Rabbi Sacks. This piece was originally written and recorded by Rabbi Sacks in 2011.

    With thanks to the Schimmel Family for their generous sponsorship of Covenant & Conversation, dedicated in loving memory of Harry (Chaim) Schimmel.

    • 8 min
    From the Archives: The Therapeutic Joy of Purim

    From the Archives: The Therapeutic Joy of Purim

    Chag Purim Sameach!

    Find more Purim resources from Rabbi Sacks here: https://rabbisacks.org/purim/

    TRANSCRIPT

    There’s something very strange about Purim. It is notably a festival of joy, “Yameimishtei b’simcha”. And not only is the day itself a joyous one, but uniquely, we begin that joy two weeks beforehand: “Misheh nichnas Adar marbim b’simcha” means that from the very beginning of Adar we begin to increase our joy.

    And it is not only in the weeks leading up to Purim. This joy is present throughout the year. Every motzei Shabbat, during the Havdallah service, we remind ourselves of that line from the Megillah, "Layehudim haitah orah v’simcha," meaning, “For Jews there was light and joy”.

    Yet what exactly are we celebrating on Purim? The mere fact that we survived? That Haman's decree of genocide was not enacted? That the evil decree: L’harog u’lehabed u’lehashmid, to kill, destroy, and exterminate every single Jew, young and old, men and women, on a single day, was averted? That is not a cause for joy, it is cause for relief. That is not a cause for celebration, but really for post-traumatic stress disorder. So the question I am presenting here is, what is this unique joy of Purim?

    I would like to propose the following answer. There are two kinds of joy. There's expressive joy, the joy you experience and communicate because that's how you feel. But there's also therapeutic joy, the joy you will yourself to feel in order to protect yourself against negative emotions.

    And when we rejoice on Purim, on this festival which is actually the festival about antisemitism, we are saying something very important. “We will not be intimidated. We will not be traumatised. We will not be defined by our enemies. We will live with the threats and even laugh at them because what we can laugh at, we cannot be held captive by.” And that therefore is really what the joy of Purim is about. It's about surviving, and beyond that, thriving, even as we walk through the valley of the shadow of death. It's a way of saying, "I will eat and I will drink and I will celebrate and I will not let dark clouds enter my mind or my heart."

    So therefore, Purim holds a real message for our time, when we have seen antisemitism return. We must never let ourselves be intimidated. And the Jewish way to avoid this is to be marbim b’simcha, to increase our joy. Because the people that can know the full darkness of history and yet rejoice, is a people whose spirit no power on earth can ever break.

    So let me wish you a Purim Sameach, a Purim full of joy.

    • 3 min
    The Dimensions of Sin (Vayikra, Covenant & Conversation)

    The Dimensions of Sin (Vayikra, Covenant & Conversation)

    Welcome to Covenant & Conversation essays, Rabbi Sacks' commentary on the weekly Torah portion, explores new ideas and sharing inspiration from the Torah readings of the week.

    You can find both the video and the full written article on Pekudei available to watch, read, print, and share, by visiting: https://rabbisacks.org/covenant-conversation/vayikra/the-dimensions-of-sin/

    A new FAMILY EDITION is now also available: https://rabbisacks.org/covenant-conversation-family-edition/vayikra/the-dimensions-of-sin/

    For more articles, videos, and other material from Rabbi Sacks, please visit www.RabbiSacks.org and follow @RabbiSacks.

    The Rabbi Sacks Legacy continues to share weekly inspiration from Rabbi Sacks. This piece was originally written and recorded by Rabbi Sacks in 2011.

    With thanks to the Schimmel Family for their generous sponsorship of Covenant & Conversation, dedicated in loving memory of Harry (Chaim) Schimmel.

    • 8 min

Customer Reviews

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485 Ratings

485 Ratings

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