“Wars are won by weapons but it takes ideas to win a peace. ”

Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

“Wars are won by weapons but it takes ideas to win a peace. ”

Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks


Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks speaks at TED2017 - The Future You, April 24-28, 2017, Vancouver, BC, Canada. Photo: Marla Aufmuth / TED

Rabbi Sacks speaks at TED2017

On 24th April 2017, Rabbi Sacks spoke at TED2017 in Vancouver, Canada The theme of the talk was "The Future You" Describing the talk as "electrifying", below is a short summary that was posted on the TED Blog here A video of the talk should be posted on the TEDcom website in due course “These are the times that try men’s souls, and they’re trying ours now,” begins Rabbi Lord... Read more

The Mutation of Antisemitism

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How to defeat religious violence

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Is there such a thing as Lashon Tov? (Tazria-Metsorah 5777)

The Sages understood tsara’at, the theme of this week’s parsha, not as an illness but as a miraculous public exposure of … Read more

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The Light We Make (Shemini 5777)

The great moment has come. For seven days – beginning on the 23rd Adar – Moses had consecrated Aaron and … Read more


Why Civilisations Die (Tzav 5777)

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Finding a Moral Compass in Challenging Times

On 21st March 2017, prominent New York Times columnist David Brooks and Rabbi Sacks held a public conversation at 92nd St … Read more

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It is not our task to conquer or convert the world or enforce uniformity or belief. It is our task to be a blessing to the world.
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