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Toldot: The key to our survival in a missing letter!

Toldot: The key to our survival in a missing letter!

A missing letter allows a different reading and a different meaning to a verse.Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 07/11/2021 00:04
Chayei Sarah: In this world, we’re all just passing through

Chayei Sarah: In this world, we’re all just passing through

UK Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 29/10/2021 10:10
UK Jewish community at odds over assisted dying legislation

UK Jewish community at odds over assisted dying legislation

Proposed assisted dying legislation has been opposed by Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis but many leading Jewish legal experts are in support.Dan Verbin, 26/10/2021 22:15
Vayeira: True kindness has empathy at its heart

Vayeira: True kindness has empathy at its heart

Avraham “rushed to the tent, to Sara,” and said,“Mahari!” – “Quick!” – We’ve got to get a meal going as soon as possible. Why the rush?Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 23/10/2021 20:54
UK Chief Rabbi: Assisted dying bill is 'profoundly disquieting'

UK Chief Rabbi: Assisted dying bill is 'profoundly disquieting'

Rabbi Mirvis joins Catholic and Anglican leaders in joint statement opposing Assisted Dying Bill on its second reading in UK parliament.Dan Verbin, Canada, 22/10/2021 20:58
Jewish history in a nutshell.

Jewish history in a nutshell.

Two blessings that appear beside one another in Hashem's words to Avraham are a synopsis of what keeps happening to the Jewish people.Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 17/10/2021 09:54
How responsible was Noah for the flood?

How responsible was Noah for the flood?

In Isaiah, the flood is called "the waters of Noah." What does that imply?Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 07/10/2021 05:56
How inaccuracy was the undoing of Eve

How inaccuracy was the undoing of Eve

A puzzling story that's been told for millennia, there is much to question in the tale of Adam and Eve.Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 01/10/2021 09:19
Shmini Atzeret: The conclusion we’ve been waiting for

Shmini Atzeret: The conclusion we’ve been waiting for

In Temple times there was a fascinating halakha relating to visitation to Jerusalem, one which has a message beyond its content.Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 27/09/2021 09:23
Succot: Fast asleep with your eyes wide open!

Succot: Fast asleep with your eyes wide open!

We might have our eyes open and be walking around, but if we aren’t contributing to the world around us, there’s no value to our lives.Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 18/09/2021 20:47
What Creation can teach us about New Year's Resolutions

What Creation can teach us about New Year's Resolutions

When Hashem created the world, He embedded clues for how to start, continue and finish a project-clues that we can use in the New Year.Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 09/09/2021 14:38
Shoftim: We are separate but always together

Shoftim: We are separate but always together

We are individuals in our own right and at the same time we are part of our nation.UK Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 12/08/2021 09:35
Re’eh: What we have always had is new every day!

Re’eh: What we have always had is new every day!

How we should relate to the mitzvot on every day of our lives - how lucky we are!Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 05/08/2021 09:42
Va'etchanan: Climate Change and Moshe Rabbeinu

Va'etchanan: Climate Change and Moshe Rabbeinu

A very current message about climate change can be derived from the actions of Moshe Rabbeinu.Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 23/07/2021 06:15
Can one ever graduate from Jewish education?

Can one ever graduate from Jewish education?

In the book of Dvarim, Moshe reminds the Israelites that they stayed at Mount Sinai for a long time and left it enriched with Torah.UK Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 15/07/2021 11:40
Matot-Massei: Pack this in your bags – it doesn’t weigh anything

Matot-Massei: Pack this in your bags – it doesn’t weigh anything

When travelling, the most important thing to take with us doesn’t weight anything at all., 07/07/2021 23:15
Pinchas and the best invitation ever

Pinchas and the best invitation ever

In this parasha, an invitation arrives from Hashem Himself in order to enable us to have a life changing experience. Be sure to RSVP.Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 01/07/2021 08:00
Balak: From where can the Jewish people derive comfort and consolation?

Balak: From where can the Jewish people derive comfort and consolation?

Once we recognise where we have gone wrong, we can begin to put our national house in order to guarantee a bright and successful future.Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 25/06/2021 17:33
Something extraordinary happened in our living room!

Something extraordinary happened in our living room!

A Flame Lily inspires this week's D'var Torah about why it's so good to connect.Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 10/06/2021 10:08
Sometimes blind people see more

Sometimes blind people see more

Does a blind person say the daily morning blessing:thanking G-d "“Who opens the eyes of the blind.”?Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 04/06/2021 09:00
Beha’alotcha: Exacerbating Jewish suffering?

Beha’alotcha: Exacerbating Jewish suffering?

When struck by one of your own, the consequences are more severe. That surely is a major lesson of Jewish history.Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 27/05/2021 15:00
Nasso: Sixty armed warriors surrounded King Solomon’s bed every night!

Nasso: Sixty armed warriors surrounded King Solomon’s bed every night!

King Solomon's kingdom saw forty years of peace, but who, or what, were his mightiest warriors?Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 20/05/2021 13:00
Count each day to make each day count!

Count each day to make each day count!

“Teach us to number our days in order that we should become wise hearted,” said the Psalmist, a message fitting for the period of the Omer.UK Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 29/04/2021 18:00
Shemini: The surprising value of self-doubt

Shemini: The surprising value of self-doubt

If you think that you’re not good enough, perhaps that’s the very reason why you’re the best person for the job.UK Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 09/04/2021 10:34
Vayikra: Adding salt to bread helps us to improve our characters

Vayikra: Adding salt to bread helps us to improve our characters

The effect of salt on food differs inherently from that of yeast, sugar or honey.UK Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 18/03/2021 20:00
Ki Tissa and Zoom: There's nothing like the real thing

Ki Tissa and Zoom: There's nothing like the real thing

When one misses something, one comes to appreciate it all the more.UK Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 05/03/2021 09:16
Beshalach: Why should our children and grandchildren carry out mitzvot?

Beshalach: Why should our children and grandchildren carry out mitzvot?

The Chief Rabbi’s D’var Torah for Parshat BeshalachChief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 28/01/2021 22:20
A lesson about nitpicking

A lesson about nitpicking

The Chief Rabbi’s weekly insight for Parshat Bo: Moses knew that some people always find what is wrong instead of appreciating the good.Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 22/01/2021 09:24
Va’eira: The impact of Covid-19 on our senior citizens

Va’eira: The impact of Covid-19 on our senior citizens

The Chief Rabbis’ insight for Parshat Va’eira in light of Psalm 71: "Do not cast us aside when we are old and our strength has failed.".UK Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 15/01/2021 09:37
Shemot: What does our name mean to others?

Shemot: What does our name mean to others?

The Chief Rabbi’s weekly insight for Parshat Shemot.UK Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 08/01/2021 08:24
Our Covid-19 journey – how should we respond to its uncertainty?

Our Covid-19 journey – how should we respond to its uncertainty?

The Chief Rabbi’s weekly insight for Parshat Vayechi.Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 01/01/2021 03:00
A Fast on a Friday? Asarah B’Tevet this year

A Fast on a Friday? Asarah B’Tevet this year

Treating the root cause, not the symptoms.The Chief Rabbi’s D’var Torah for Asarah b’Tevet and Parshat Vayigash.UK Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 23/12/2020 20:41
By sharing, we receive more than we give

By sharing, we receive more than we give

How Pharaoh knoew that Joseph was someone who’s word he could rely on.UK Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 20/12/2020 07:18
Hanukkah and Vayeshev: We can always climb higher!

Hanukkah and Vayeshev: We can always climb higher!

The way in which we light the Hanukkah candles teaches us how to achieve our full potential.UK Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 10/12/2020 15:39
 Vayishlach: The hidden challenge facing the Jewish people

Vayishlach: The hidden challenge facing the Jewish people

What are the three greatest challenges facing the Jewish people?UK Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 02/12/2020 22:22
Make the journey count as much as the destination

Make the journey count as much as the destination

It’s important to prepare for where we’re going and in doing so, derive meaning from the journey.Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 29/11/2020 07:00
Jacob and the Pandemic

Jacob and the Pandemic

Why are our voices today more powerful than ever before?UK Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 19/11/2020 10:58
Chayei Sara: Is the title misleading?

Chayei Sara: Is the title misleading?

A tribute to Rabbi Lord Sacks z”l.Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 12/11/2020 19:00
The greatest leaders

The greatest leaders

The greatest leaders, just like great parents and teachers are all defined by one thing.UK Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 04/11/2020 20:46
What is the saddest verse in the Torah?

What is the saddest verse in the Torah?

A D׳var Torah on the 25th anniversary of the assassination of Yitzchak Rabin.UK Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 30/10/2020 02:00
Strong foundations

Strong foundations

D’var Torah for Parshat Noach. Don't just look at the height of the building you are constructing, look down at its foundations.UK Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 22/10/2020 23:59
Words Create Worlds – the power of speech and the danger of cancel culture

Words Create Worlds – the power of speech and the danger of cancel culture

Speech can create a world and speech can destroy a world.UK Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 17/10/2020 21:55
What do Abraham and an etrog have in common?

What do Abraham and an etrog have in common?

The Chief Rabbi’s D’var Torah for Sukkot: Abraham the Patriarch symbolizes the fruit that never falls off the tree.UK Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 02/10/2020 12:40
Yom Kippur Sermon: We will get through this together

Yom Kippur Sermon: We will get through this together

We will be praying from the depths of our hearts and at the same time, God is calling upon us to do the most we can.Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 27/09/2020 15:30
Our Covid-19 responsibility this Rosh Hashannah

Our Covid-19 responsibility this Rosh Hashannah

Cases of Covid-19 are on the rise, primarily due to irresponsibility, the responsibility that we have towards ourselves and others. Opinion.UK Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 18/09/2020 15:45
What is the significance of every single letter of the Torah?

What is the significance of every single letter of the Torah?

The UK Chief Rabbi brings the explanation of the Lubavitcher Rebbe for the mitzva of writing just one letter of a Sefer Torah.UK Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 12/09/2020 23:55
Why are stones so important in our tradition?

Why are stones so important in our tradition?

The Hebrew word "even" means "stone" but it also is a composite of the words for father and son.Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 04/09/2020 09:55
 Parents should never be jealous of their children.

Parents should never be jealous of their children.

Only one fruit's blessing goes up a step on the ladder when it is made into juice. What does that have to do with marriage?UK Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 28/08/2020 04:16
What lesson can we learn from the sacrificial right in the parsha for our corona times?

What lesson can we learn from the sacrificial right in the parsha for our corona times?

A verse that tells us what to do, if, for some technical or practical reason, like distancing, those who are needy can’t get to our homes.UK Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 14/08/2020 09:00
A change in the order provides a major lesson for all time!

A change in the order provides a major lesson for all time!

The first paragraph of the Shema is in the singular. The second paragraph is in the plural, The order of the mitzvot is switched. Why?UK Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 07/08/2020 13:57
How can we successfully pass on our Judaism through to the generations to come?

How can we successfully pass on our Judaism through to the generations to come?

After the Torah tells us to educate our children in the Shema prayer, it does not tell us how - or does it?UK Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 02/08/2020 10:00
What is the greatest blessing ever given to the Jewish people?

What is the greatest blessing ever given to the Jewish people?

if you look at our numbers throughout the ages you will be unable to count us. That is a message to remember on Tisha B'Av.UK Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 28/07/2020 19:12
Which legendary person’s Yartzeit will be commemorated on Wednesday this week?

Which legendary person’s Yartzeit will be commemorated on Wednesday this week?

Tthe first day of the fifth month, is Rosh Chodesh Menachem Av, which will be on Wednesday of this week and is mentioned in Parashat Mas'ei.UK Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 19/07/2020 12:40
Some of the greatest blessings are wrapped up in a curse

Some of the greatest blessings are wrapped up in a curse

Please God, answer all of our prayers - for the good.UK Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 02/07/2020 22:00
Shlach lecha (Diaspora): When did an entire nation suffer from low self-esteem?

Shlach lecha (Diaspora): When did an entire nation suffer from low self-esteem?

The great medieval commentator Ibn Ezra says that the entire nation of Israel carried with them through the wilderness a slave mentality.UK Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 19/06/2020 11:59
What does the Torah say about good parenting?

What does the Torah say about good parenting?

The Torah's thoughts on childrearing are all to be found in the name of this week's (Diaspora) Torah reading.UK Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 05/06/2020 11:37
 How to enhance your Shavuot during the coronavirus pandemic

How to enhance your Shavuot during the coronavirus pandemic

Rabbi Lord Sacks and Chief Rabbi Mirviis present: A life of vertical & horizontal responsibility: Shavuot during the Coronavirus PandemicRabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, 26/05/2020 15:00