Judaism book extracts

How to strengthen trust in God

February 4, 2016

With so many bad things happening in the world - and so many difficult challenges in our own personal lives - the following question naturally arises: how can we trust in Hashem (G-d) enough to believe that He truly has our best interests at heart?


Israel and Other Broken Relationships

By Rabbi Jeremy Gordon, September 17, 2015

There is something broken at the heart of our love of Israel and our Jewish identity, and that's why I feel I have to speak about Israel today.


God’s Call

By Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, April 16, 2015

Of all the Mosaic books Vayikra, Leviticus, is the one most out of step with contemporary culture. Many find it difficult to relate to its concerns. It opens with an account of sacrifices, but we have not had sacrifices for close to two millennia.


In the footsteps of Moses

January 18, 2015

In my previous books, The Mystery Of The Copper Scroll Of Qumran, The Secret Initiation Of Jesus At Qumran, Black Holes In The Dead Sea Scrolls, I have set the scene for a revolutionary theory on the origins of the aAbrahamic religions that ties them all to the heartland of Middle Egypt and the reign of a radical Pharaoh by the name of Akhenaton.


The Rebbe’s Leadership Style

August 11, 2014

A friend of mine once put it well. He called the Rebbe “the most successful one-man business in the world.”

Because of the complex interplay of his many roles – teacher, spiritual guide, activist, diplomat, personal counselor – it may be especially revealing to consider his work as a project manager.


The Talmud and Islam

February 21, 2014

As their links with the new metropolis strengthened, the luminaries of Sura and Pumbedita found they had much in common with their opposite numbers in the Islamic world. They discovered they were grappling with similar issues, actively applying their scholarship, legal and religious traditions, to regulate the day-to-day lives of their co-religionists.


The Chief Rabbi’s critical ideas

By Rabbi Michael Harris, Daniel Rynhold and Tamra Wright, May 9, 2013

The special contribution made by the thought of Chief Rabbi Sacks is that it not only continues the venerable Jewish philosophical tradition of maintaining traditional faith in the face of external intellectual challenges, but also moves beyond this tradition by showing how core Jewish teachings can address the dilemmas of the secular world itself.


How Lord Sacks came to be chief

January 21, 2013

Addressing the Chief Rabbinate Conference committee in London on the last Sunday in February 1990 – some 15 months after commencing its search for a successor to Lord Jakobovits – United Synagogue president Sidney Frosh, who had headed the seven-man “sifting” (selection) committee, revealed that during the previous year, his team had had “correspondence from all over the country, offerin


The Prophet and the Pharaoh

November 15, 2012

Note: Modern-day Armana in Egypt was the site of an ancient city called after the Pharaoh Akhenation, who brought Egypt to the realisation of monotheism

Science works on the principle that any theory has to be repeatable under the same experimental conditions and that a theory which has this characteristic will predict related findings when these are tested.


Day of Judgment

August 30, 2012

The potent sanctity of this day –
So awesome and fearful –
Let us relay.
On it Your kingship
Is universally hailed,
As is Your throne,
With our prayers
You judge,
You know,
You testify;
You record,
You let
Nothing slip by.
The good deeds
We ourselves forgot,
Loom large,
To create a happy lot.
Your chronicle is read,
In detail fine;
Man’s signature confirmed