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Ask Rabbi Sacks – Some answers….


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.


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.


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.


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.