Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis

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

There is a punishment for not being joyful

In his D’var Torah this week, the Chief Rabbi highlights that there is a punishment for not being happy!, 9/8/2017, 1:48 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

Re'eh: Why should we be like the sand of the sea?

‘Who is Hashem speaking to? Is he speaking to me, to each single, individual Jewish person or is he speaking to the whole nation?’, 8/16/2017, 6:36 AM

The written Torah does not command us to recite blessings before food

In his D’var Torah this week, the Chief Rabbi highlights that there is no Mitzvah in the Torah for us to recite a blessing before we eat our food., 8/10/2017, 7:54 AM

A most surprising law for the 9th of Av

In his D’var Torah this week, the Chief Rabbi discusses a most surprising halakha for Tisha B’Av!, 7/30/2017, 10:29 AM

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 need the limelight

From Eliezer we learn, God helps those who live their entire life in order to help others., 11/24/2016, 11:16 PM

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

Shabbat Shuvah or Shabbat Teshuvah?

What is the most appropriate name for this very special Shabbat: Shabbat Shuvah or Shabbat Teshuvah?, 10/7/2016, 9:40 AM

Is Shabbat more important than Rosh Hashanah?

In Jewish tradition it is regular which is preeminent over irregular., 9/30/2016, 10:34 AM

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

Korach (Diaspora): Almond Miracle

In his D’var Torah for this week, the Chief Rabbi explains how a miracle involving almonds can be read as a symbolic guide for overcoming difference and achieving peace in our communities.  , 7/8/2016, 7:11 PM

Shlach (Diaspora): The value of the mitzva of tzitzit

There is an intriguing connection between the opening and closing passages of this week’s parasha., 6/30/2016, 9:54 AM

 Behaalotcha.(Diaspora): The number 70

In his D’var Torah for this week, the Chief Rabbi expounds on the remarkable relevance of the number 70 to Jewish life. The full transcript appears below. , 6/24/2016, 10:27 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

Shavuot - why is the holiday named "Weeks"?

In a fast-paced world where technology ensures our needs are met instantaneously, Shavuot reminds us that there is joy in the build-up as well as the outcomeץ, 6/10/2016, 4:00 PM

What makes Jerusalem worthy of being our capital?

As we prepare to celebrate Yom Yerushalayim on Sunday, the Chief Rabbi considers why Jerusalem – an inaccessible city without a river source – was chosen to be the Jewish People’s capital., 6/3/2016, 6:19 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 hard left is spreading the insidious virus of anti-Semitism

Ken Livingstone and the UK Labour party, take note: One cannot separate Zionism, one of the axioms of Jewish belief, from Judaism., 5/7/2016, 8:18 PM

Jewish unity makes us strong

The great tragedy of the Bar Kochba Revolt, which we commemorate during the Omer, reminds us that disunity can only weaken the Jewish people. We must guard against this., 5/6/2016, 7:45 AM

Speak to the Israelites, let them travel!

As Pesach draws to a close, we learn that Moshe’s plea for divine assistance in the face of ostensibly insurmountable danger is not met with the response he expects. We cannot simply rely on God., 4/28/2016, 4:58 AM

So when did you finish your Seder?

Make a commitment this year, it has nothing to do with the length of your Seder., 4/21/2016, 12:32 PM

The new month of Nissan brings with it cause for great joy

Even on Purim, we keep the Passover miracles in mind., 4/8/2016, 3:22 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

True humility

Moses was a forceful and humble man. Isn't that a contradiction?, 3/20/2016, 10:54 PM

From the office of the Chief Rabbi: Dvar Torah for Pekudei

Moses is not only acting correctly, he is being sure that he is seen to be acting correctly., 3/11/2016, 8:50 AM

And They Shall Know War No More (Isaiah 2:4)

There is no perfect or easy solution for Israel to turn to., 7/31/2014, 5:04 PM

Words to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland

A historic address to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, following its adoption of the controversial report “The Inheritance of Abraham” challenging the connection between the Jewish People and the Land of Israel. , 5/28/2014, 7:13 PM

Hannukah Lecture

Hannukah, the Festival of Lights, begins Wednesday night and lasts eight days. , 11/27/2013, 3:32 PM