Office of the Chief Rabbi

Pause for Thought: Chanukah recalls a desperate quest for self-determination

Bringing doughnuts into the studio for his Chanukah Pause for Thought message on the Chris Evans Show, the Chief Rabbi quickly sets the tone for his festive message. Introducing Les Miserables’ star Jean Valjean as a universal cultural reference point for personal identity crises, Chief Rabbi Mirvis goes on to explore the Jewish people’s own quest for self-determination as they fought against the proselytising Ancient Greeks. 

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