Office of the Chief Rabbi

Video archive

  • 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.
  • Woolf Institute Lecture: Trust in Religious Leadership

    The Chief Rabbi speaks about leadership qualities at a Woolf Institute event with the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby. Taking part in a panel discussion entitled Trust in Religious Leadership 
  • D’var Torah: Parashat Lech Lecha

    As thousands prepare to keep Shabbat together, the Chief Rabbi focuses on instances of unity in Parashat Lech Lecha, which documents the challenges faced by Avram and Sarai upon arriving 
  • D’var Torah: Parashat Noach

    “Peace requires communication” – Reflecting on this week’s Torah portion, Noach, the Chief Rabbi concentrates on the double-meaning of the Hebrew word for ‘dove’ and the meaning we can derive
  • D’var Torah: Parashat Bereishit

    “Location, Location, Location” –  In his D’var Torah for this week’s Torah portion, Bereishit, the Chief Rabbi focuses on the cherubs that God stations outside Eden to prevent anyone returning
  • Yamim Noraim Lecture: Let’s take a fresh approach to prayer

    The Chief Rabbi delivered his Yamim Noraim lecture at Hendon United Synagogue with a focus on how we can enhance the effectiveness of prayer, whether through a refreshed approach to