Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis

The medical profession's symbol is from our Torah reading

In this week’s D’var Torah for Chukat, the Chief Rabbi explains why the symbol of the medical profession is taken from our Parasha., 6/21/2018, 12:51 AM

D’var Torah: Parashat Shelach Lecha

In this week’s D’var Torah for Shelach Lecha, the Chief Rabbi describes the significance today of one small letter in a name., 6/7/2018, 10:27 AM

The ultimate royal wedding

In this week’s Dvar Torah for Bamidbar, the Chief Rabbi describes the ingredients for a successful and happy marriage, royal or not., 5/21/2018, 9:40 AM

Why the exit is as important as the entrance

In this week’s Dvar Torah for Acharei-Mot Kedoshim, the Chief Rabbi explains why the Kohen Gadol, the High Priest would prepare just as carefully to leave the Holy Sanctuary as he would to enter it., 4/29/2018, 5:51 AM

What will we be doing the day after Pesach?

We look to our past in order to gain inspiration for our present and our future., 4/2/2018, 8:11 PM

What is the antidote to gratuitous hatred?

In his D’var Torah for the first two days of Pesach, the Chief Rabbi explores the connection between Pesach and Tisha B’Av., 3/29/2018, 11:39 AM

Jewish education is a partnership between student and teacher

Not everything important comes accompanied by fanfare., 3/2/2018, 11:24 AM

Shabbat Shkalim: I give, therefore I am

In this week’s D’var Torah, the Chief Rabbi explains how Jewish tradition teaches, “I give, therefore I am.”, 2/12/2018, 12:44 PM

Parshat Beshalach and Int'l Holocaust Remembrance Day

The Jewish People are phenomenal., 1/26/2018, 10:20 AM

The greatest leader of all time

In this week’s D’var Torah the Chief Rabbi explains how the Torah presents a true leader to us. , 1/4/2018, 6:27 PM

Blessing one's grandchildren

In this week’s D’var Torah the Chief Rabbi explains the beautiful meaning behind the blessing our Patriach Jacob gives to his grandchildren., 12/28/2017, 7:01 AM

Hanukkah: Our dedication to education

In this week’s D’var Torah, the Chief Rabbi teaches that we learn from the festival of Chanukah that dedication and education must go hand in hand., 12/13/2017, 1:56 PM

What did the sea see?

Yosef's natural inclination was to go with the flow., 12/8/2017, 9:28 AM

Why are we compared to dust?

In this week’s D’var Torah the Chief Rabbi ponders the question: why are we compared to dust?, 11/26/2017, 8:08 AM

Three important ingredients of successful parenting

In this week’s D’var Torah the Chief Rabbi extrapolates three lessons for successful parenting from this week’s Parasha., 11/9/2017, 10:42 PM

Vayera: The difference one letter can make

In this week’s D’var Torah the Chief Rabbi explains how the difference of a single letter teaches us a powerful lesson on Jewish education., 11/2/2017, 2:01 PM

Creation: Truth prevails

In this week’s D’var Torah the Chief Rabbi learns from Parashat Bereishit that truth will always prevail., 10/13/2017, 7:41 AM

Why do Ashkenazim start Selichot on Motzei Shabbat?

In his D’var Torah this week, the Chief Rabbi asks: why do Ashkenazim always start Selichot on Motzei Shabbat? The answer is connected to happiness and optimism., 9/15/2017, 12:25 PM

The art of compromise

In his D’var Torah this week, the Chief Rabbi teaches us about the Art of Compromise., 8/24/2017, 12:19 PM

When one person’s piety caused a national disaster

When one person’s piety caused a national disaster – a lesson for the Three Weeks. In his D’var Torah this week, the Chief Rabbi reflects on Rabbi Zecharia ben Avkulas role in the destruction of the Temple. , 7/24/2017, 8:00 AM

Almonds and the Three Weeks

In his D’var Torah this week, the Chief Rabbi discusses the connection between almonds and the Three Weeks., 7/18/2017, 6:45 AM

Are there miracles in the midst of tragedy?

Can we celebrate miracles no matter the circumstances?, 4/18/2017, 8:19 AM

Parshat Beshalach and Tu Bishvat: The tree of life

Tu Bishvat reminds us that the Torah is both timeless and timely., 2/10/2017, 12:43 PM

Importance is a figment of our imagination.

‘The Hebrew word for important is Chashuv, coming from Chashav, which means ‘to think’, teaching us that the entire notion of importance is a figment of our imagination’, 1/27/2017, 1:59 PM

Vayigash: Integration, not assimilation

Lessons from the Israelites in Egypt., 1/5/2017, 12:56 PM

How is it possible for ‘seven years’ to be like ‘a few days’?

Yaakov was not in this relationship in order to please himself, rather, he had a thrill in recognizing the opportunity to give of himself to somebody else., 12/9/2016, 1:28 PM

We must not force Torah down our children's throats

Take water to the thirsty., 11/29/2016, 10:37 AM

You don't have to be famous

You don’t have to be famous in order to leave a great legacy., 11/6/2016, 12:33 AM

Good parenting

In order to be able parents, we shouldn’t raise a child like Cain., 10/31/2016, 10:51 AM

What kind of Sukkot meal will your descendants be having?

‘Oh, to be a fly on the wall’ – In his D’var Torah this week, the Chief Rabbi offers a deeper understanding on the Usphizin and the distinct role that nachas plays in our Jewish tradition., 10/15/2016, 11:48 PM

Let us yearn for a peaceful New Year

We are often forced by others into situations which we are neither comfortable with, nor desire. ​​​​​​​At this special time of year, we must continue to yearn for a time when others will not cause us to do “that which we wish we didn’t have to do.", 9/24/2016, 10:02 PM

Let us count our blessings and make our blessings count

The timeless message of Ledavid Hashem Ori., 9/17/2016, 9:29 PM

Chip off the old block

When people call you ‘a chip off the old block’, would you believe that the precedent for this phrase lies in this week’s haftarah? , 8/28/2016, 3:01 PM

The Shema's word count is worth all the limbs in your body

The Shema is undoubtedly one of the most important prayers in the Jewish religion, as it declares unequivocally our belief in one G-d. Why is it relevant how many words it contains?, 8/20/2016, 11:46 PM

Matot-Masei: He split the Red Sea and also a tribe

In this week’s reading, we learn that not all of the Twelve Tribes of Israel were situated within the Holy Land’s borders, with one even split across two lands. What is the possible reason?, 8/4/2016, 9:43 AM

Balak (Diaspora): Bent on destroying the Jews

Balak was a rasha…so why did he merit having a parasha named after him?, 7/24/2016, 6:48 AM

Chukat (Diaspora): Grief for Aaron

Why was there greater grief for the passing of Aaron than there was for the passing of Moses? The Chief Rabbi explains., 7/15/2016, 10:50 AM

Naso (Diaspora): Keeping up with the Joneses

An interesting lesson emerges from the Torah’s longest parasha, teaches the Chief Rabbi. , 6/16/2016, 12:00 PM

Why do we feed our animals before we sit down to eat?

Why do we feed our animals before we sit down to eat? Can there be any exceptions? The UK Chief Rabbi provides an answer in his D’var Torah for Behar., 5/26/2016, 12:09 PM

The words in the exact middle of the Torah

The Chief Rabbi identifies the great significance of both the two words and the single letter that spell out the Torah’s halfway mark in this week’s parasha of Shemini., 4/2/2016, 9:59 PM

We rejoice in defiance of terror

The Purim story was every bit as horrifying as the terror we have been witnessing., 3/24/2016, 7:32 PM