Office of the Chief Rabbi

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  • Editorial: Switching Off

     
    Mobile phones enslave. As the Chief Rabbi suggests, turn them off once a week.… read more
    The Chief Rabbi, Ephraim Mirvis, is right to call in The Times today for the regular extinguishing of mobile phones since their Geiger counter-like hum

  • Interview: Apathy, Assimilation and Antisemitism are the Chief Rabbi’s Key Targets

     
    Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis reflects on his first year in office and tells Paul Harris of his good relations with the Reform Movement and how shuls should welcome gay members.
    FRESH from delivering entirely different Yom Kippur sermons in 12… read more

  • Thought for the Day Copy

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    I call my friend; I find myself talking to voicemail. I phone a so-called help desk; I get music on hold. A recorded message tells me my call is important to them, but they are far too busy

  • Thought for the Day

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    I call my friend; I find myself talking to voicemail. I phone a so-called help desk; I get music on hold. A recorded message tells me my call is important to them, but they are far too busy

  • Thought for the Day

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    On Saturday, Jews around the world will be fasting on Yom Kippur, our annual Day of Atonement, when we stand before God who judges us. Prior to a Fast Day, we wish others Tzom Kal, which literally means “May

  • Thought for the Day

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    When we were living in Ireland, my wife and I sent our children to Montessori play schools, where they received an outstanding educational grounding during their formative years. One afternoon, when I fetched my son, Noam, from school, his

  • The Chief Rabbi on Proposed Changes to GCSE Religious Studies

     
    “I enthusiastically support the government’s efforts to ensure British values are taught to all children. Respect for and understanding of other faiths is an important component of this and something that our schools have always taken seriously across the… read more

  • Chief Rabbi’s Rosh Hashana Message 5774

    In our prayers for the High Holy Days we say Simcha le’artzecha vesasson le’irecha – Give joy to the land and elation to the city of Jerusalem. Following a traumatic and difficult summer it is our fervent hope and prayer… read more

  • “It is what we do that makes the Jewish people so great”

     
    The Torah Portion of Nitzavim is always read close to Rosh Hashana. The portion commences with these words: “You are all standing this day before the Lord your God; your heads, your tribes (shivtechem), your elders and your officers.”… read more

  • Interview: Exclusive with the Chief Rabbi on his first Anniversary in Office

    A year into the job, women and the provinces top the agenda
     
    Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has given his whole-hearted backing for Shabbat prayer groups for Orthodox women – once regarded as so controversial that his predecessor Lord Sacks… read more