Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis

You are important

The functioning of the community is reliant on every task, no matter how big or small…, 6/17/2019, 12:40 AM

You can be like Hashem!

It is our responsibility to act is if we are teachers to the world…, 6/9/2019, 9:37 PM

There is always room for hope

The Jewish people have never given up hope. Who would have thought in 1948 that we would have a united Jerusalem? Who would hae thought in 1945 that there would be a Jewish State?, 6/2/2019, 7:23 AM

Behar (Diaspora): True freedom

We are defined by our capacity to give…, 5/23/2019, 6:18 AM

Emor (for the Diaspora): Are our parents the real thing?

Our conduct at home has the greatest impact on our children…, 5/15/2019, 9:45 PM

Are any of the mitzvot of the Torah given to us to make us suffer? 

Some areas of Jewish observance seem unfairly restrictive. Are they really?, 5/5/2019, 10:31 AM

How short can a Pesach Seder be?

As we approach the festival of Pesach, we teach our children to never stop asking questions., 4/19/2019, 3:23 PM

Shabbat Hagadol: An exception to the rule

This is the greatest day of all…, 4/12/2019, 3:18 PM

When a baby is born, we already look forward to the wedding!

D’var Torah for parashat Tazria. This week the Chief Rabbi explains that ‘kindness begins at home’… , 4/4/2019, 8:23 AM

What is special about the number 8?

This week the Chief Rabbi explains the hidden depth of numbers in Jewish teaching., 3/29/2019, 9:41 AM

Miracles are happening for you right now!

This week the Chief Rabbi explains how even the things in life that we take for granted are miracles from Hashem. , 3/22/2019, 5:29 AM

Parashat Vayikra: Burnt offering

This week the Chief Rabbi explains how his experience as a ‘Shochet’ compares to the experience of offering sacrifices in the Beit HaMikdash.  , 3/15/2019, 8:46 AM

What are the four meanings of the word ‘Shalom’?

This week the Chief Rabbi explains the last word in Judaism. , 3/10/2019, 7:01 AM

D’var Torah: Parashat Tetzaveh

This week, the Chief Rabbi describes the question that Hashem asks every single one of us: Where are you?, 2/14/2019, 8:07 PM

What is the purpose of having shuls?

This week the Chief Rabbi explains the purpose of our shuls., 2/8/2019, 9:30 AM

Can you call yourself religious if you aren’t a decent person?

This week the Chief Rabbi asks what it is that makes a person religious., 2/2/2019, 11:10 PM

How to give the ultimate gift

What is the secret to giving the ultimate gift?, 11/25/2018, 7:09 AM

East of Eden

In this week’s D’var Torah for Bereishit, the Chief Rabbi explains why real paradise is to be found just east of the Garden of Eden., 10/4/2018, 8:23 AM

Let's get the good news out!

On the importance of sharing good and positive news., 8/16/2018, 2:09 PM

What is kosher behavior?

In this week’s D’var Torah for Re’eh, the Chief Rabbi explains that we must reach out with a hand of friendship to everybody, even those beyond our social circles., 8/9/2018, 8:06 AM

Why is there so much repetition in the Torah?

If Hashem had mentioned each of the Mitzvot only once, the Torah would be far shorter., 7/29/2018, 1:06 PM

Great leaders are not irreplaceable

In this week’s D’var Torah for Pinchas, the Chief Rabbi explains how a great leader makes sure he has a good successor., 7/6/2018, 1:37 PM

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

Who are the true heavyweights within our society?

In this week’s D’var Torah the Chief Rabbi asks who the true heavyweights are within our society. , 1/12/2018, 8:11 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

How many days old are you?

In this week’s D’var Torah the Chief Rabbi asks how we can maximise the opportunity of every day. , 12/21/2017, 9:42 PM

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

Of all our forefathers, who is the ideal role model?

In this week’s D’var Torah the Chief Rabbi explains why Yitzchak is the embodiment of continuity and stability., 11/15/2017, 7:26 PM

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

Who was the first to say "Baruch Hashem?"

In this week’s D’var Torah the Chief Rabbi points out that the first three people to use the phrase ‘Baruch Hashem’ are not who you might have expected., 10/20/2017, 12:28 AM

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

The UK Chief Rabbi’s D’var Torah for Yom Kippur 5778

When it comes to a very important event, what matters most is the follow up., 9/29/2017, 8:19 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

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