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Ask Rabbi Sacks – Some answers….

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Many thanks again to all those from around the world who sent in such interesting video questions! It has really been a wonderful experiment and one which we plan to run again in the coming months.

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In this first episode Rabbi Sacks answers questions about:

  • why Rosh Hashanah is the only festival to be kept for two days both in and out of Israel;
  • why Hashem seemingly makes it so easy for us to sin;
  • how you can tell if you have had a successful Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur;
  • the history and meaning of Tashlich;
  • why we talk about the fear of God as opposed to the love of God; and
  • what he sees as the main challenge for Judaism in 5777.

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In this second episode Rabbi Sacks answers questions about:

  • who made Hashem;
  • how we can concentrate better on our prayers;
  • how we can come to terms with an all-powerful God who allows bad things like the Shoah (Holocaust) to happen;
  • the difference between antisemitism and anti-Zionism;
  • the relationship between having a belief in God and a belief in science; and
  • how do we sanctify Torah when sometimes parts of it appear to go against the realities of the world in which we live.

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In this third episode Rabbi Sacks answers questions about:

  • why is the religious experience of saying ‘Hashem hu haElokim” at the end of Yom Kippur an audible one as opposed to visual one;
  • why don’t all the Jews in the world live in Israel;
  • how does Teshuva, Tzedakah and Tefillah remove the evil decree;
  • if we only follow the commandments that we understand, does that mean we are excluding God from our Judaism; and
  • how can Jews with different opinions to come together as one people.