Office of the Chief Rabbi

Video archive

  • D’Var Torah: Parashat Shemot

    In this week’s Torah portion of Shemot, we learn from Moshe’s intervention in a violent assault that we must never stand idly by while there is evil in the world.
  • D’var Torah: Parashat Vayechi

    In his D’var Torah for Vayechi the Chief Rabbi reflects on the blessings we give our children, and how these brachot can be traced back to the decision of an
  • D’Var Torah: Parashat Vayigash

    In this week’s Torah portion of Vayigash, the Chief Rabbi teaches both how Joseph brought Godliness to Egypt, and why his father Yaackov, on hearing of Joseph’s good fortune, reacted
  • D’Var Torah: Parashat Miketz

    Reflecting on the lessons of Parashat Miketz this week, the Chief Rabbi identifies two attributes of great leadership that Pharoah seemingly conveys to Joseph, and speaks about military action in
  • D’var Torah: Parashat Vayeshev

    In his D’var Torah for Parashat Vayeshev, the Chief Rabbi discusses a long tradition of encouraging remembrance in the Torah, before urging  Shoah survivors to come forward and record their
  • D’var Torah: Vayishlach

    The Chief Rabbi  meditates on the 3 preparatory measures Yaackov took before reuniting with his murderous brother Esav, suggesting that European societies would do well to adopt them if they
  • D’var Torah: Parashat Vayetzei

    In this D’var Torah, the Chief Rabbi reflects on Jacob, refugees and the value of knowing where you have come from, as well as where you are going, following his
  • D’var Torah: Parashat Toldot

    Given the common practice adopted for naming Parshiot, the term ‘Toldot’ should theoretically have been applied to a previous sedra about Noach. We must examine the differing outlooks of Noach
  • D’var Torah: Chayei Sarah

    The Chief Rabbi reflects on the kindness of Rivka in this week’s Parasha, Chayei Sarah, her offer of hospitality to strangers and their animals demonstrating both selflessness and spiritual sensitivity. 
  • D’var Torah: Parashat Vayera

    The Chief Rabbi examines why Abraham is compared to a citrus fruit that never falls off the tree, in this week’s D’var Torah for Parashat Vayera.