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  • Assisted Living, not Assisted Dying

     
    “In the light of our experience, Jews are particularly sensitive to the moral dangers of euphemism. We have seen prejudice cloaked in principle, bias masquerading as high-mindedness, and genocidal intentions dressed up in scientific, eugenic and economic language (most … read more

  • Chief Rabbi signs faith leaders’ statement on Assisted Dying Bill

     
    The Chief Rabbi joins 23 British faith leaders in calling for Lord Falconer’s Assisted Dying Bill not to be enacted.
    In a joint statement ahead of the House of Lords debate on Friday, the faith leaders said
    “The bill… read more

  • Chief Rabbi’s Response to Murder of Palestinian Teenager Mohammad Abu Khdair

     
     
    “I am shocked and deeply saddened by the brutal and callous murder of Mohammad Abu Khdair. It would be utterly shameful if this heinous crime was perpetrated as an act of revenge.
    I totally condemn this act and… read more

  • Chief Rabbi Leads Evening of Learning to Honour the Memory of Murdered Israeli Teenagers

    In an initiative announced just 24 hours earlier, 500 people gathered to learn with Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, Dayan Menachem Gelley (London Beth Din), Dayan Yisroel Lichtenstein (The Federation of Synagogues), Dayan Abraham David (Sephardi Beth Din) and Dayan Yonason… read more

  • In the Face of Death, we Remember the Redemptive Power of Love

     
    “This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live” (Deuteronomy 30:19).
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  • The Chief Rabbi’s Evening of Learning

    In an initiative announced just 24 hours earlier, 500 people gathered to learn with Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, Dayan Menachem Gelley (London Beth Din), Dayan Yisroel Lichtenstein (The Federation of Synagogues), Dayan Abraham David (Sephardi Beth Din) and Dayan Yonason… read more

  • Pause for Thought

    Listen to the Chief Rabbi’s broadcast for Naftali Frenkel, Gilad Shaar and Eyal Yifrach.

    Transcript… read more
    Ever since Naftali Frenkel, Gilad Shaar and Eyal Yifrach, three Israeli teenagers, were kidnapped 18 days ago, some remarkable things have happened.
    A tidal wave

  • The Chief Rabbi’s ShabbatUK

    The Chief Rabbi’s ShabbatUK is a truly ground breaking initiative that seeks to promote active engagement with Shabbat throughout the UK.
    At its core, ShabbatUK is about harnessing all the goodness and uniqueness of a traditional, authentic Shabbat and inviting… read more

  • 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