Office of the Chief Rabbi

Video archive

  • Chief Rabbi gives annual lecture for Yeshiva University’s Strauss Center

    Watch the Chief Rabbi provide congregants of America’s oldest Jewish community with pointers for Rabbinic leadership in a special memorial lecture delivered in New York. For more details of his
  • D’var Torah: Parashat Metzora

    The Chief Rabbi explores how the concept of Tsara’at HaBayit (‘Leprosy of Houses’) that is introduced in this week’s sedra of Metzora, may have actually served as a reward for
  • D’var Torah: Parashat Tazria

    The new month of Nissan brings with it cause for great joy, says the Chief Rabbi. A full transcript of his D’var Torah appears below. This Shabbat, in addition to
  • D’var Torah: Parashat Shemini

    The Chief Rabbi identifies the great significance of both the two words and the single letter that spell out the Torah’s halfway mark in this week’s parasha of Shemini. If
  • D’var Torah: Parashat Tzav

    Parashat Tzav provides a window onto one of the most intriguing sacrificial customs in the Temple – the practice of presenting both the Olah (Burnt) and the Chatat (Sin) offerings
  • D’var Torah: Parashat Vayikra

    In this week’s sedra we bear witness to Moshe Rabbeinu’s great humility as he received the words of the Torah from God, yet we know that in his capacity as
  • D’var Torah: Parashat Pikudei

    In a parasha devoted almost entirely to providing a balance sheet for the construction of the Mishkan, we witness Moshe’s full observance of the halachic concept of Marit Ayin מראית
  • D’var Torah: Vayakhel-Shekalim

    In his D’var Torah for this week the Chief Rabbi considers the messages imparted by two different palindromes – ‘V’natnu’ (‘They shall give’) appears in the special portion of ‘Shekalim’
  • D’var Torah: Parashat Ki Tissah

      Full transcript of the Chief Rabbi’s Dvar Torah for Ki Tissah: “In this week’s parasha of Ki Tissah, we are provided with details of the sin of the
  • D’var Torah: Parashat Tetzaveh

    Whereas some Rabbonim have identified the ‘Shema Yisrael’  or ‘V’ahavta l’reacha kamocha’ as the most important passages in the Torah, Rabbi Shimon Ben Pazi pointed instead towards a passage in