Office of Rabbi Sacks

Office of Rabbi Sacks

Canada

Follow the audio shiurim, lectures and speeches of Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, global religious leader, philosopher, author of over 25 books and moral voice for our time. Among other activity, Rabbi Sacks is currently the Ingeborg and Ira Rennert Global Distinguished Professor of Judaic Thought at New York University, the Kressel and Ephrat Family University Professor of Jewish Thought at Yeshiva University, and Professor of Law, Ethics and the Bible at King’s College London. 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 @rabbisacks.

Episodes

C&C 5777 - Mattot Masei - The Prophetic Voice  

Mattot-Masei. Jewish prophets were the world’s first social critics and their message continues through the centuries. Rabbi Sacks takes a look this week at prophetic truths, and what we must learn from them today. Covenant and Conversation 5777 is kindly supported by the Maurice Wohl Charitable Foundation in memory of Maurice and Vivienne Wohl z”l.

C&C 5777 - Pinchas - Influence and Power  

Pinchas. When Moses asks for God to appoint a successor to lead the people, God gives him precise instructions for a three-step process. What is the significance of these detailed instructions? What does it tell us about the nature of leadership in Judaism? Covenant and Conversation 5777 is kindly supported by the Maurice Wohl Charitable Foundation in memory of Maurice and Vivienne Wohl z”l.

C&C 5777 - Balak - A People That Dwells Alone  

Balak. "How and why are Jews different. The biblical answer is surprising and profound..." Covenant and Conversation 5777 is kindly supported by the Maurice Wohl Charitable Foundation in memory of Maurice and Vivienne Wohl z”l.

C&C 5777 - Descartes Error - Chukkat  

Chukat. The Jewish laws known as chukkim are not meant to be necessarily understood by us, but nevertheless they should be followed. In the light of recent neuroscience we can suggest that they are laws designed to bypass the prefrontal cortex, the rational brain, and create instinctive patterns of behaviour to counteract some of the darker emotional drives at work in the human mind. Covenant and Conversation 5777 is kindly supported by the Maurice Wohl Charitable Foundation in memory of Maurice and Vivienne Wohl z”l.

C&C 5777 - Korach - A Lesson in Conflict Resolution  

Korach. "The Korach rebellion was the single most dangerous challenge to Moses’ leadership during the forty years that he led the people through the wilderness." How was this conflict resolved? Covenant and Conversation 5777 is kindly supported by the Maurice Wohl Charitable Foundation in memory of Maurice and Vivienne Wohl z”l.

C&C 5777 - Shelach Lecha - Freedom Needs Patience  

Shelach Lecha. You can take the Jewish people out of Egypt but it's far harder to take Egypt out of the Jewish people. Rabbi Sacks explores how the people changed their mindset after being freed from slavery. Covenant and Conversation 5777 is kindly supported by the Maurice Wohl Charitable Foundation in memory of Maurice and Vivienne Wohl z”l.

C&C 5777 - Behaalotcha - Leadership Beyond Despair  

Beha'alotecha. "We identify with the heroes of the Bible because, despite their greatness, they never cease to be human, nor do they aspire to be anything else. Hence the phenomenon of which the sedra of Beha’alotecha provides a shattering example: the vulnerability of some of the greatest religious leaders of all time, to depression and despair." Rabbi Sacks takes a look at this week's parsha, to learn from biblical leaders like Moshe, who continued on to greatness even after reaching their lowest points. Covenant and Conversation 5777 is kindly supported by the Maurice Wohl Charitable Foundation in memory of Maurice and Vivienne Wohl z”l.

C&C 5777 - Naso - The Pursuit of Peace  

Naso. "Naso is a series of practical lessons in how to ensure, as far as possible, that everyone feels recognised and respected, and that suspicion is defused and dissolved." Rabbi Sacks takes a look at this week's parsha of Naso, to explore the Torah's emphasis on the pursuit of peace. Covenant and Conversation 5777 is kindly supported by the Maurice Wohl Charitable Foundation in memory of Maurice and Vivienne Wohl z”l.

C&C 5777 - Bamidbar - The Ever-Repeated Story  

Bamidbar. "Here in the Torah is the way to create a freedom that honours order, and a social order that honours human freedom. There is no other way." Rabbi Sacks takes a look at this week's parsha of Bamidbar, to explore the repeated themes of the Torah, and what we can learn from them. Covenant and Conversation 5777 is kindly supported by the Maurice Wohl Charitable Foundation in memory of Maurice and Vivienne Wohl z”l.

C&C 5777 - Behar & Bechukotai - Minority Rights  

Behar & Bechukotai. "Minority rights are the best test of a free and just society." Rabbi Sacks takes a look at this week's double parsha, to look at the Torah's perspective on the treatment of minorities. Covenant and Conversation 5777 is kindly supported by the Maurice Wohl Charitable Foundation in memory of Maurice and Vivienne Wohl z”l.

C&C 5777 - Emor - The Duality of Jewish Time  

Emor. "Time plays an enormous part in Judaism." Rabbi Sacks takes a look at this week's parsha of Emor, to delve into the duality of Jewish Time. Covenant and Conversation 5777 is kindly supported by the Maurice Wohl Charitable Foundation in memory of Maurice and Vivienne Wohl z”l.

C&C 5777 - Tazria-Metsorah - Is there such a thing as Lashon Tov?  

Tazria-Metsorah. If it is a sin to talk negatively about others, is it a mitzvah to talk positively? Rabbi Sacks takes a look at this week's double parsha of Tazria-Metsorah, to delve into the idea of "Lashon Tov". Covenant and Conversation 5777 is kindly supported by the Maurice Wohl Charitable Foundation in memory of Maurice and Vivienne Wohl z”l.

C&C 5777 - Shemini - The Light We Make  

Shemini. "What is the significance of the “eighth day,” the phrase that gives our sedra its name? To understand the profound symbolism of the number eight, we have to go back to creation itself." Rabbi Sacks takes a look at this week's parsha of Shemini, to explains why... Covenant and Conversation 5777 is kindly supported by the Maurice Wohl Charitable Foundation in memory of Maurice and Vivienne Wohl z”l.

Being an Inspired Parent: "The Keys to Stability" (9/13)  

This is the ninth episode of the new podcast series from Rabbi Sacks on how to be an inspired (and inspiring) parent. Each short episode focuses on one of Rabbi Sacks' 13 principles of inspired parenting. In this episode, listen to Rabbi Sacks discuss the importance of being in the world but not of the world, of living by your standards and not by the standards the world might seek to impose on you. To watch a video version of this podcast, please visit rabbisacks.org/being-an-inspiring-parent/

Being an Inspired Parent: "Think Long" (8/13)  

This is the eighth episode of the new podcast series from Rabbi Sacks on how to be an inspired (and inspiring) parent. Each short episode focuses on one of Rabbi Sacks' 13 principles of inspired parenting. In this episode, listen to Rabbi Sacks discuss the importance of being in the world but not of the world, of living by your standards and not by the standards the world might seek to impose on you. To watch a video version of this podcast, please visit rabbisacks.org/being-an-inspiring-parent/

C&C 5777 - Tzav - Why Civilisations Die  

Tzav. "The world’s greatest civilisations have all, in time, become extinct while Judaism has always survived." How? Rabbi Sacks takes a look at this week's parsha of Tzav, to explains why... Covenant and Conversation 5777 is kindly supported by the Maurice Wohl Charitable Foundation in memory of Maurice and Vivienne Wohl z”l.

Being an Inspiring Parent: "Be in but not of the world" (7/13)  

This is the seventh episode of the new podcast series from Rabbi Sacks on how to be an inspired (and inspiring) parent. Each short episode focuses on one of Rabbi Sacks' 13 principles of inspired parenting. In this episode, listen to Rabbi Sacks discuss the importance of being in the world but not of the world, of living by your standards and not by the standards the world might seek to impose on you. To watch a video version of this podcast, please visit rabbisacks.org/being-an-inspiring-parent/

Being an Inspiring Parent: "Learning and Doing" (6/13)  

This is the sixth episode of the new podcast series from Rabbi Sacks on how to be an inspired (and inspiring) parent. Each short episode will focus on one of Rabbi Sacks' 13 principles of inspired parenting. In this episode, listen to Rabbi Sacks discuss the important role that music and song have in instilling a love of Judaism in your children. To watch a video version of this podcast, please visit rabbisacks.org/being-an-inspiring-parent/

Being an Inspiring Parent: "Make your Judaism Sing" (5/13)  

This is the fifth episode of the new podcast series from Rabbi Sacks on how to be an inspired (and inspiring) parent. Each short episode will focus on one of Rabbi Sacks' 13 principles of inspired parenting. In this episode, listen to Rabbi Sacks discuss the important role that music and song have in instilling a love of Judaism in your children. To watch a video version of this podcast, please visit rabbisacks.org/being-an-inspiring-parent/

Being an Inspiring Parent: "No Need for High Walls" (4/13)  

This is the fourth episode of the new podcast series from Rabbi Sacks on how to be an inspired (and inspiring) parent. Each short episode will focus on one of Rabbi Sacks' 13 principles of inspired parenting. In this episode, listen to Rabbi Sacks talk about how important it is to set the example for your children to follow. To watch a video version of this podcast, please visit rabbisacks.org/being-an-inspiring-parent/

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