Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis (Page 2)

Parshat Beshalach and Int'l Holocaust Remembrance Day

Parshat Beshalach and Int'l Holocaust Remembrance Day

The Jewish People are phenomenal., 26/01/2018 10:20
Who are the true heavyweights within our society?

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. , 12/01/2018 08:11
The greatest leader of all time

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. , 04/01/2018 18:27
Blessing one's grandchildren

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., 28/12/2017 07:01
How many days old are you?

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. , 21/12/2017 21:42
Hanukkah: Our dedication to education

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., 13/12/2017 13:56
What did the sea see?

What did the sea see?

Yosef's natural inclination was to go with the flow., 08/12/2017 09:28
Why are we compared to dust?

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?, 26/11/2017 08:08
Of all our forefathers, who is the ideal role model?

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., 15/11/2017 19:26
Three important ingredients of successful parenting

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., 09/11/2017 22:42
Vayera: The difference one letter can make

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., 02/11/2017 14:01
Who was the first to say "Baruch Hashem?"

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., 20/10/2017 00:28
Creation: Truth prevails

Creation: Truth prevails

In this week’s D’var Torah the Chief Rabbi learns from Parashat Bereishit that truth will always prevail., 13/10/2017 07:41
The UK Chief Rabbi’s D’var Torah for Yom Kippur 5778

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., 29/09/2017 08:19
Why do Ashkenazim start Selichot on Motzei Shabbat?

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., 15/09/2017 12:25
There is a punishment for not being joyful

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!, 08/09/2017 13:48
The art of compromise

The art of compromise

In his D’var Torah this week, the Chief Rabbi teaches us about the Art of Compromise., 24/08/2017 12:19
Re'eh: Why should we be like the sand of the sea?

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?’, 16/08/2017 06:36
The written Torah does not command us to recite blessings before food

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., 10/08/2017 07:54
A most surprising law for the 9th of Av

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!, 30/07/2017 10:29
When one person’s piety caused a national disaster

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. , 24/07/2017 08:00
Almonds and the Three Weeks

Almonds and the Three Weeks

In his D’var Torah this week, the Chief Rabbi discusses the connection between almonds and the Three Weeks., 18/07/2017 06:45
Are there miracles in the midst of tragedy?

Are there miracles in the midst of tragedy?

Can we celebrate miracles no matter the circumstances?, 18/04/2017 08:19
Parshat Beshalach and Tu Bishvat: The tree of life

Parshat Beshalach and Tu Bishvat: The tree of life

Tu Bishvat reminds us that the Torah is both timeless and timely., 10/02/2017 12:43
Importance is a figment of our imagination.

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’, 27/01/2017 13:59
Vayigash: Integration, not assimilation

Vayigash: Integration, not assimilation

Lessons from the Israelites in Egypt., 05/01/2017 12:56
How is it possible for ‘seven years’ to be like ‘a few days’?

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., 09/12/2016 13:28
We must not force Torah down our children's throats

We must not force Torah down our children's throats

Take water to the thirsty., 29/11/2016 10:37
You don't need the limelight

You don't need the limelight

From Eliezer we learn, God helps those who live their entire life in order to help others., 24/11/2016 23:16
You don't have to be famous

You don't have to be famous

You don’t have to be famous in order to leave a great legacy., 06/11/2016 00:33
Good parenting

Good parenting

In order to be able parents, we shouldn’t raise a child like Cain., 31/10/2016 10:51
What kind of Sukkot meal will your descendants be having?

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., 15/10/2016 23:48
Shabbat Shuvah or Shabbat Teshuvah?

Shabbat Shuvah or Shabbat Teshuvah?

What is the most appropriate name for this very special Shabbat: Shabbat Shuvah or Shabbat Teshuvah?, 07/10/2016 09:40
Is Shabbat more important than Rosh Hashanah?

Is Shabbat more important than Rosh Hashanah?

In Jewish tradition it is regular which is preeminent over irregular., 30/09/2016 10:34
Let us yearn for a peaceful New Year

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.", 24/09/2016 22:02
Let us count our blessings and make our blessings count

Let us count our blessings and make our blessings count

The timeless message of Ledavid Hashem Ori., 17/09/2016 21:29
Chip off the old block

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? , 28/08/2016 15:01
The Shema's word count is worth all the limbs in your body

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?, 20/08/2016 23:46
Matot-Masei: He split the Red Sea and also a tribe

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?, 04/08/2016 09:43
Balak (Diaspora): Bent on destroying the Jews

Balak (Diaspora): Bent on destroying the Jews

Balak was a rasha…so why did he merit having a parasha named after him?, 24/07/2016 06:48
Chukat (Diaspora): Grief for Aaron

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., 15/07/2016 10:50
Korach (Diaspora): Almond Miracle

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.  , 08/07/2016 19:11
Shlach (Diaspora): The value of the mitzva of tzitzit

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., 30/06/2016 09:54
 Behaalotcha.(Diaspora): The number 70

 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. , 24/06/2016 10:27
Naso (Diaspora): Keeping up with the Joneses

Naso (Diaspora): Keeping up with the Joneses

An interesting lesson emerges from the Torah’s longest parasha, teaches the Chief Rabbi. , 16/06/2016 12:00
Shavuot - why is the holiday named  "Weeks"?

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, 10/06/2016 16:00
What makes Jerusalem worthy of being our capital?

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., 03/06/2016 18:19
Why do we feed our animals before we sit down to eat?

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., 26/05/2016 12:09
The hard left is spreading the insidious virus of anti-Semitism

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., 07/05/2016 20:18
Jewish unity makes us strong

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., 06/05/2016 07:45
Speak to the Israelites, let them travel!

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., 28/04/2016 04:58
So when did you finish your Seder?

So when did you finish your Seder?

Make a commitment this year, it has nothing to do with the length of your Seder., 21/04/2016 12:32
The new month of Nissan brings with it cause for great joy

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

Even on Purim, we keep the Passover miracles in mind., 08/04/2016 15:22
The words in the exact middle of the Torah

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., 02/04/2016 21:59
We rejoice in defiance of terror

We rejoice in defiance of terror

The Purim story was every bit as horrifying as the terror we have been witnessing., 24/03/2016 19:32
True humility

True humility

Moses was a forceful and humble man. Isn't that a contradiction?, 20/03/2016 22:54
From the office of the Chief Rabbi: Dvar Torah for Pekudei

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., 11/03/2016 08:50