Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis

Our children can change our lives.

Dvar Torah for Shabbat from the Chief Rabbi of the United Kingdom., 1/30/2020, 4:48 PM

What’s the connection between the Waldorf Astoria and the 10 plagues?

Torah from the Chief Rabbi of the United Kingdom., 1/24/2020, 11:57 AM

What makes a good leader great?

Torah from the Chief Rabbi of the United Kingdom., 1/17/2020, 1:38 PM

You don't have to shout!

When a speaker speaks more softly, the audience is inclined to listen more carefully. And when the words are passionate and come from the heart, one can certainly make one’s mark., 1/3/2020, 3:26 PM

A riddle for tomorrow, the third of Tevet

A day that changes its significance from year to year., 12/30/2019, 10:34 PM

What is Murphy’s Law and how should we respond to it?

Where can you find Murphy’s Law in the Torah? Here, in this week's Torah reading. Read on to see where., 12/20/2019, 12:20 PM

How to handle challenge

How did Yaacov handle his meeting with Esau?, 12/13/2019, 12:00 PM

Being Jewish means being grateful!

What does the term Jew literally mean? The answer comes in Parashat Vayeitsei., 12/6/2019, 1:28 PM

A bride and groom on their wedding day

Did you know that on their wedding day, a bride and groom are forgiven for all their sins?, 11/29/2019, 9:41 AM

What’s the difference between sand and the stars?

Why are the Jewish people compared to both in our parasha?, 11/15/2019, 12:09 PM

Do you know where you can find the Sheva Brachot?

Insights on the Torah reading from the UK Chief Rabbi., 11/10/2019, 11:34 AM

The primary sin of the flood generation is still relevant today!

What was the primary sin of the generation of the flood?, 10/31/2019, 3:01 PM

Why does the Torah not count correctly?

A message for every day of our lives taken from the first day of the world, the story of which we read this past Shabbat., 10/27/2019, 1:54 PM

Dvar Torah: Ha’azinu

What’s the longest word in the Torah?, 10/11/2019, 11:58 AM

What is more important? Our lives or the performance of mitzvot?

A message for Yom Kippur from the Chief Rabbi of the United Kingdom., 10/8/2019, 12:07 PM

Rosh Hashanah: You are what you do

This powerful message emerges for us from the beginning of Parshat Nitzavim which is always read close to Rosh Hashanah., 9/29/2019, 12:03 AM

Ki Tetsei: Coincidences are much more than just coincidences...

How do we relate to coincidence?, 9/13/2019, 11:03 AM

Shoftim: Where is there a mitzvah to wash your hands of something?

Rav Aaron Lichtenstein zt”l's beautiful insight on the passage called ‘eglah arufah’., 9/5/2019, 3:17 PM

Musicians are luckier than Rabbis

Like the greatest music…, 8/22/2019, 1:57 PM

A message for those who attack us

Why are the enemies of the Jewish people compared to bees? , 8/11/2019, 10:49 PM

Is change always a good thing?

Remaining focused on the final destination…, 8/1/2019, 2:31 PM

Chukat: Where do we find the map to guide us through the maze of life

The key to finding our way through the maze of life… , 7/12/2019, 3:24 PM

Korach: What’s the most unfair accusation recorded in the Torah?

In conflict there are no absolute winners…, 7/7/2019, 8:37 AM

Why do we call our loaves of bread ‘challah’?

Challah is so much more that just a loaf of bread…, 6/26/2019, 7:37 AM

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