At our Seder tables we will declare: “My father was a wandering Aramean and he went down to Egypt…and there he became a nation.” (Deuteronomy 26:5)
However, after our deliverance from Egypt, at the time of our acceptance of the… read more
By Simon Rocker
Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis remembers the episode well. Some 15 years ago, as a United Synagogue minister, he was mentoring a younger colleague in an outlying community who had come up with a “fantastic idea” — a… read more
Further to his statement on The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Australia, the Chief Rabbi has issued the following statement on Child Sexual Abuse in the UK:
In light of the disturbing revelations in The… read more
“Recent events regarding The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Australia have sent shock waves throughout the Jewish World and well beyond it.
First and foremost, my heart goes out to the victims, who not only… read more
“I am appalled by the two terrorist attacks in Copenhagen. We express our solidarity with the families of those killed and we pray for the recovery of those who have been injured. We stand together at this challenging time.
The… read more
“The passing of Sir Martin Gilbert CBE is sad news for the entire Jewish world, for Great Britain and for historians everywhere.
Every educated Jew’s bookshelf has been enriched by at least some of Martin Gilbert’s many scholarly and accessible… read more
The Chief Rabbi and his Beth Din have issued the following joint statement on the recent mitochondrial developments:
“This is a complex issue in Jewish law and medical science with a number of legal and ethical ramifications which… read more
In the 70 years since the trauma of Auschwitz, what have we learned?
Tomorrow marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz–Birkenau. All these years after the uncovering of the greatest crime in human history, it seems that the… read more
How can anyone adequately respond to the brutal murder of six million people? It is impossible.
In that case, if nothing we say will suffice, is the appropriate response simply silence? Did not Shimon ben Gamliel in Ethics of the… read more