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Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis

News and updates about Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis

Integration without assimilation

Integration without assimilation

He is probably the most outstanding Biblical role model for our times.

Bo: The slave to the compass has freedom of the seas

Bo: The slave to the compass has freedom of the seas

T"he slave to the compass has the freedom of the seas." How can we harness the power of this statement to find our own freedom?

Va’era: Never tolerate the intolerable!

Va’era: Never tolerate the intolerable!

Sometimes one can be enduring a totally unacceptable situation, but have gotten used to it.

Getting to know you...

Getting to know you...

What is the antidote to polarization? Pharaoh and Joseph are a case in point.

What is your greatest blessing?

What is your greatest blessing?

You might think it is the greatest blessing if your children are blessed, but there is a step beyond that.

Old wine, new bottle

Old wine, new bottle

Vayigash: Are you like old wine in a new bottle?

Eight lights for eight nights

Eight lights for eight nights

The Maccabees discovered that an uncertain future and having peace of mind were not mutually exclusive..

Our greatest inspiration can be found within ourselves!

Our greatest inspiration can be found within ourselves!

Information can be taught, but strength of character and integrity are your own responsibility.

Vayishlach: The legacy of those who perished in the Holocaust

Vayishlach: The legacy of those who perished in the Holocaust

Holocaust victims have no headstones, no matzeiva. I derive some chizuk, some support, from the beautiful teaching in Parshat Vayishlach.

Vayetze: After Covid, will we go back to sleep?

Vayetze: After Covid, will we go back to sleep?

Hashem was saying something to us. What will our response be? Will it be to turn over and ignore it, or will we respond appropriately?

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.

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

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

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.

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?

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.”?

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.

60 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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

Beshalach: Why should our children and grandchildren do mitzvot?

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

The Chief Rabbi’s D’var Torah for Parshat Beshalach

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.

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.".

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.