Office of the Chief Rabbi


  • Prayer Issued for Missing Israeli Teenagers by the Chief Rabbi

    The prayer below, currently being recited across Israel for missing teenagers Naftali Frenkel, Gilad Shaar and Eyal Yifrach, was issued today to Rabbanim of the United Hebrew Congregations by Chief Rabbi Mirvis.
    Download Prayer for Captives
    PRAYER FOR … read more

  • Chief Rabbi’s reaction to the passing of Rabbi Nachman Sudak OBE

    “Rabbi Nachman Sudak made a contribution of inestimable value to the landscape of Jewish life in the UK he embodied the highest ideals of Chabbad and leaves behind an outstanding legacy for his wonderful family and numerous others to… read more

  • Chief Rabbi Addresses Prayer Service for Missing Teenagers

    Last night Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis addressed a crowd of more than 1000 people in a special prayer service held at Hendon United Synagogue for the three Israeli teenagers abducted on Thursday night.
    The service, which included passages of tehillim… read more

  • Chief Rabbi’s Statement on Missing Israeli Teenagers

    “Our thoughts are with the families of the three teenagers missing in the West Bank:
    Yaakov Naftali ben Rachel Devorah, Gilad Michael ben Bat Galim and Eyal ben Iris Teshurah.
    We stand alongside their families and the State of Israel… read more

  • Chief Rabbi Addresses Scottish Parliament

    The Chief Rabbi spent Monday and Tuesday in Edinburgh meeting with various members of the Scottish Parliament including Tricia Marwick, the Presiding Officer and leaders of all of the major Scottish political parties; Ruth Davidson, Conservative Leader; Willie Rennie, Liberal… read more

  • Thought for the Day

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    Good morning.
    The World Cup commences tomorrow. Aspirations are high in Brazil, where the hotly favoured national team is hoping to win the competition on home soil. Within such a climate of expectation, there is a danger that

  • Time for Reflection

    Presiding Officer, Members of the Scottish Parliament. Thank you very much for the opportunity to address you today.
    A week ago, Jews around the world celebrated our Festival of Shavuot, or Pentecost. As we marked the anniversary of the giving… read more

  • D-Day 70th Anniversary

    “Today we commemorate 70 years since the D-Day landing. Words cannot adequately express our indebtedness to the bravery and courage of the Allied forces who participated in the invasion. Many laid down their lives so that we can live today… read more

  • Life at the Push of a Button – Shavuot shiur

    Watch video of the Chief Rabbi’s Shavuot shiur – Life at the Push of a Button here:
    Listen… read more (or right click and download for your mp3 player) here:
    Sunday 1st June 2014 at RedbridgeJCC, East London

  • Thought for the Day

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    Good morning.
    Nothing is as dull as dishwater. Yet, G. K. Chesterton commented “Naturalists with a microscope have told me that dishwater teems with quiet fun.” It all depends on how you view it.
    Seeing the spectacular within the