Office of the Chief Rabbi

Video archive

  • D’var Torah: Parashat Pinchas

    In his D’var Torah for The Three Weeks, the Chief Rabbi explores how we can grieve genuinely for tragedies that occurred millenia ago. We are currently in the three weeks
  • D’var Torah: Parashat Balak

    Why would anyone name a parasha after a man bent on destroying the Jewish people? The Chief Rabbi explains in his D’var Torah, for which the full transcript appears below.
  • D’var Torah: Parashat Chukat

    Why was there greater grief for the passing of Aaron than there was for the passing of Moses? The Chief Rabbi explains. In this week’s Parasha of Chukat, we read
  • VIDEO: Chief Rabbi addresses Oxford Union debating society

    Watch the Chief Rabbi cover issues such as antisemitism and freedom of religion in a talk he gave to the prestigious Oxford Union debating society.    
  • D’var Torah: Parashat Korach

    In his D’var Torah for this week, the Chief Rabbi explains how a miracle involving almonds can be read as a symbolic guide for overcoming difference and achieving peace in
  • D’var Torah: Parashat Shelach Lecha

    There is an intriguing connection between the opening and closing passages of this week’s parasha, which the Chief Rabbi explains in his D’var Torah.  Jewish men are not obliged to
  • D’var Torah: Parashat Beha’alotcha

    In his D’var Torah for this week, the Chief Rabbi expounds on the remarkable relevance of the number 70 to Jewish life. The full transcript appears below.  There is a
  • D’var Torah: Parashat Naso

    Upon the dedication of a new altar in the Temple, why do the Nesiim make identical, rather than individual offerings to Hashem? An interesting lesson emerges from the Torah’s longest
  • A Message to The Queen on her 90th Birthday

    The Chief Rabbi has recorded a special message ahead of Her Majesty The Queen’s official 90th birthday on 11th June.   
  • Message for Shavuot

    In a fast-paced world where technology ensures our needs are met instantaneously, Shavuot reminds us that there is joy in the build-up as well as the outcome, teaches the Chief