Office of the Chief Rabbi

Audio archive

  • Thought for the Day: Why is this night…

    Ahead of Passover the Chief Rabbi celebrates the inquisitive mind, tying it in with Jewish tradition – which customarily encourages people to ask questions – and highlighting the vital role
  • Thought for the Day: Breaking barriers

    “We need to confront terror head on,” the Chief Rabbi told listeners on BBC Radio 4’s Thought for the Day programme, drawing on parallels between biblical boundaries and contemporary boundaries
  • Thought for the Day: The Holocaust’s lessons

    Today, on Holocaust Memorial Day, the Chief Rabbi reflects on the sinister beginnings of a devastating genocide and cautions against ignoring rising instances of intolerance in contemporary society, however small.
  • Thought for the Day: Celebrating our identity

    Reflecting on the timeless lessons of Chanukah in his latest ‘Thought for the Day,’ the Chief Rabbi identifies our right –  as claimed so valiantly by the Maccabees – to
  • Pause for Thought: Music for the soul

    Music and song is an intrinsic part of Jewish tradition, says the Chief Rabbi in his latest Pause for Thought for BBC Radio 2, with the melodies that accompany daily
  • Pause for Thought: Expressing thanks for our Armed Forces

    Reflecting on his decision to amend a prayer for the Royal Family to include a tribute to Her Majesty’s Armed Forces, the Chief Rabbi conveys the gratitude of the Jewish
  • Thought for the Day: Learning to talk again

    Looking back to a time when technology was non-existent for his Sukkot message, the Chief Rabbi celebrates the face-to-face contact and unfettered hospitality that pilgrims experienced on their way to
  • Thought for the Day: Yom Kippur Message

    In a Yom Kippur message delivered on BBC Radio 4’s Thought for the Day, the Chief Rabbi explains why Jews wish each other a ‘good Fast’ – it is meant
  • Thought for the Day: Rosh Hashana message

    With Rosh Hashana falling tomorrow, the Chief Rabbi hopes for more unity between peoples and better lives for all the world’s citizens in today’s ‘Thought of the Day’ for BBC
  • Today show: ‘The community is anxious’

    Chief Rabbi Mirvis is interviewed by Evan Davis on BBC Radio 4’s Today show in light of grave news that, owing to global hostilities spawned by the Gaza war, anti-Semitism