The Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis

And in the Big News today from a Faith Perspective I want to talk about the British economy, political meltdown, war in Ukraine, rising covid cases and the threat of nuclear war.

No, only kidding, there’s a Big Jewish Festival coming up. Happy Yom Kippur everybody!

It’s important that religion isn’t forced on people. That’s why only religious people can come on this slot and you’re not allowed to interrupt or question me, or even question the slot’s very existence.

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3 thoughts on “The Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis

  1. ‘It’s Yom Kippur, everyone! I’m going to fill three minutes now by telling you all about this Big Jewish Festival, but without mentioning the Yom Kippur War. I won’t be telling you how in 1973 several Arab countries tried to take back lands illegally occupied by Israel since 1967, and still illegally occupied today. There’s absolutely no parallel there with anything in the news today, so I can happily ignore it. Now… religion, how fab is it, especially MY religion…’

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  2. The Chief Rabbi must have overlooked the existence of Haredi schools, which force-feed their pupils with undiluted Jewish dogma to the exclusion of pretty well all secular subjects. Not much by way of inspiration there, or allowing people to discover the delights of religion of their own free will.

    In fact, Haredi and some other religious schools apart, the most important skill education can give people is the ability and motivation to seek the truth and question received authority. And that tends to lead to people questioning, and in many cases rejecting, religious myths and dogma. Which is all to the good

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  3. Who on earth is Mirvis kidding here?

    He uses the analogy of coaxing children to eat rather than force-feeding them.

    Of course, he blithely and conveniently misses out that those children are not in fact being fed a varied, balanced and nutritious diet – only the same old junk, every day, without fail.

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