In Memoriam: Rabbi Jonathan Sacks (1948-2020)

This week we remember Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, a tremendous spiritual leader of our time, who passed away on November 7.

Image: Jewish Journal

Rabbi Sacks is perhaps best known as the former Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth (UK), a role in which he served for 22 years, as well as for his numerous books and lectures. Join us this week as we discuss his life and the incredible example he set for us all.

If you’re not familiar with Rabbi Sacks’ work, or you just want to hear some of his words of wisdom, I suggest checking out some of these short videos:

On Doubt
On Daily Life
On Finding Purpose
On a Responsible Life

I also highly recommend one of my favorites of his recent talks, An Unforgiving Age.

Might as well face it, you’re addicted to rage

We get it: You’re angry. Seems like everyone is these days, about nearly everything. But is this anger justified, or just an addiction?

This week we’ll discuss the hold that anger has come to have over many of our lives, as well as some advice from the Shulchan Aruch about why you should make fixing it a top priority.

To get started, here’s some advice from Jaron Lanier, a Silicon Valley veteran, about why social media is ruining your life:

Keeping it relevant: Lanier is Jewish.

This Week: The Witch of Endor

We’ll be kicking off this October with one of the creepier stories of the Bible: The Witch of Endor.

Image: Witch of Endor by Adam Elsheimer

If you’ve never heard the story (or just feel like revisiting it), tune in this Thursday at 4:30 p.m. or check it out on the show’s YouTube page.

And by the way: who do you say the ghostly apparition was? Feel free to comment and share your thoughts.