Jewish Year 5775 (2014-2015)
First written in 2014-2015, with the aim that the “parashat hashavua” Covenant & Conversation essays would contain an examination of ethics and morality within the weekly parsha, the Ethics series by Rabbi Sacks was originally written in 5775.
After Rabbi Sacks passed away, we found there was still great interest in his Covenant & Conversation essays and we decided to continue sharing his weekly thoughts. So in the year 5782 (September 2021-September 2022) we repeated the 5775 Ethics series of essays (also edited by Rabbi Sacks into a book published by Koren, similarly titled Essays in Ethics).
This introductory essay by Rabbi Sacks written in August 5775 includes the key point that “There are tensions between Jewish ethics and the individualism and relativism of the contemporary West, but the greatness of Judaism has been its iconoclasm, its willingness to challenge the idols of the age.”