Credo

  • Without faith we could not risk the vulnerability of love

    Credo means “I believe” in Latin. In Hebrew we say ani maamin. Since this is the last Credo I will write as Chief Rabbi, I thought I would use it simply to say what I believe. I believe faith is… read more
  • The privilege of having the chance to love

    Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of their first child. In the words of the most ancient of blessings: may God bless him and protect him. May he make his face shine on him and… read more
  • Challenging the idols of the secular age

    Can religion survive, even flourish, in a secular age? The answer is an emphatic yes. The question is how. Religions can react to change by denial. You see the signs in houses of worship where they sing the same songs… read more
  • When in despair, think of your set task

    One question, asked in faith, has the power to change a life. I know because it changed mine. It happens when you ask: what is God calling on me to do in these circumstances at this time? To believe in… read more
  • Helping others to manage without help

    Matthew Parris wrote a moving article in The Times a few weeks ago about the experience of life on welfare benefit. A government minister had been asked whether he could survive on the amount currently being paid to the unemployed.… read more
  • Sharing the bread of affliction

    Passover, the Jewish festival of freedom we begin celebrating on Monday night, is extraordinary testimony to the power of ritual to keep ideals and identity alive across the centuries. On it we relive the story of our people, sitting together… read more
  • Someone else’s material needs are my spiritual responsibility

    One of my favourite Jewish sayings is, “Many people worry about their own stomachs and the state of other people’s souls. The real task is to do the opposite: to worry about other people’s stomachs and the state of your… read more
  • Five rules for life

    I spend a lot of time with young people — pupils about to leave school, students at university and graduates about to start a career. Often they ask me for advice as they begin their journey into the future. Here… read more
  • The festival of light that signifies an inextinguishable faith

    What I find fascinating about Chanukah, the Jewish festival of lights we celebrate at this time of the year, is the way its story was transformed by time. It began as the simple story of a military victory, the success… read more
  • Beneath glossy surface lies the real thing

    They may not be poetry or deathless prose, but advertising slogans have given us some of the more memorable phrases of our time: “It’s good to talk,” “Just do it,” “Go to work on an egg,” and “Don’t leave home… read more