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Over and above what Moses said in the last month of his life, is what Moses did. He changed careers. He shifted his relationship with the people. No longer Moses the liberator, the lawgiver, the worker of miracles, the intermediary between the Israelites and God, he became the figure known to Jewish memory: Moshe Rabbeinu, “Moses, our teacher.” Moses became, in the last month of his life, the master educator. In these addresses, he does more than tell the people what the law is. He explains to them why the law is. There is nothing arbitrary about it. The law is as it is because of the people’s experience of slavery and persecution in Egypt, which was their tutorial in why we need freedom and law-governed liberty. Time and again he says: You shall do this because you were once slaves in Egypt. They must remember and never forget – two verbs that appear repeatedly in the book – where they came from and what it felt like to be exiled, persecuted, and powerless.
Updated: Aug. 28, 2019
The Office of Rabbi Sacks will soon launch a new 10-unit curriculum called ‘Ten Paths to God’ based on the writings and teachings of Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks. This curriculum, which has been generously sponsored in honour of Chaim (Harry) and Anna Schimmel, has been developed as a free resource that can be adapted and used by anyone involved in formal or informal Jewish education – in middle or high schools, for youth movements, on campuses, or as part of outreach organisations, synagogues and community centres. Each unit will include an opening video and transcript, together with student and educator guides at entry and advanced levels.
Updated: Mar. 14, 2018
To help prepare for the New Year, the Rabbi Lord Sacks, Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth, has recorded a series of ten thought-provoking videos, each reflecting on a particular idea associated with this time in the Jewish calendar or on an individual prayer said on Rosh Hashanah or Yom Kippur. These deep messages accompany the newly published Koren Rosh Hashana Prayer Book (Machzor) with an introduction and commentaries by Chief Rabbi Sacks.
Updated: Sep. 27, 2011