Office of the Chief Rabbi

Video archive

  • Chief Rabbi’s Yom Ha’atzmaut address 5776

    Watch the Chief Rabbi’s address at the Bnei Akiva Yom Ha’atzmaut ceremony that was held at Kinloss (Finchley United) Synagogue last night. A full transcript follows. “Dayan Simons, Rabbanim nechmadim
  • D’var Torah: Parashat Kedoshim

    In his D’var Torah for this week the Chief Rabbi focuses on two Chukim (decrees from God without a logical basis) that pertain to the crossbreeding of seeds and the
  • D’var Torah: Parashat Acharei Mot

    The great tragedy of the Bar Kochba Revolt, which we commemorate during the Omer, reminds us that disunity can only weaken the Jewish people. We must guard against this, teaches 
  • D’var Torah: The Last Days of Pesach

    As Pesach draws to a close, we learn that Moshe’s plea for divine assistance in the face of ostensibly insurmountable danger is not met with the response he expects. We
  • D’var Torah: The first days of Pesach

    In his D’var Torah for the first two days of Pesach, the Chief Rabbi explores why Beit Shammai and Beit Hillel both agreed that Hallel should be split into two
  • 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