Britain’s Chief Rabbi Attends Coronation of King Charles III on Shabbos

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Britain’s chief rabbi attended today’s coronation of King Charles III. Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis praised the “respectful, sensitive” way that King Charles’s office had handled the situation, even inviting him to spend the night with his wife Valerie at St James’s Palace.

That enabled the chief rabbi to walk to the nearby Westminster Abbey on Shabbos morning.

A kosher caterer was brought in to prepare their Friday night seudah of coronation chicken, Rabbi Mirvis said.

After the coronation service, the chief rabbi joined British Muslim, Hindu, Sikh and Buddhist leaders in making a spoken declaration in unison towards their newly crowned monarch.

The unprecedented joint declaration from the religious leaders reads: “Your Majesty, as neighbours in faith, we acknowledge the value of public service. We unite with people of all faiths and beliefs in thanksgiving, and in service with you for the common good.”

Rabbi Mirvis consulted with rabbonim, who agreed that it was permissible to enter a Christian church on this Shabbos out of respect for an invitation from the sovereign.

“This is a wonderful feature of 21st-century Britain, and our king wants to champion the rights of members of all faiths to practise their religion,” the chief rabbi said before the event. “He did this marvelously while he was prince of Wales. He’s continuing now as the king,” he said. “And it’s not just within the Jewish faith. I know that members of other faiths as well hugely appreciate this. And now to be included in the coronation service, it’s very special.”

{Matzav.com}


7 COMMENTS

  1. “Rabbi Mirvis consulted with rabbonim, who agreed that it was permissible to enter a Christian church on this Shabbos out of respect for an invitation from the sovereign.”

    Really? Which Rabbis? And where is the halachic responsum that they wrote?

    The “London Beth Din”, which Mirvis heads, claims that this is permitted. His predecessor used the sad excuse of “mipnei aiva”. So, would getting baptized also be permitted for that reason? At what point do the idolaters stop tearing apart the Torah “mipnei aivah”?

    • The dayanim of the Beis Din are great talmidei chachomim (headed by Rabbi Gelley) . Furthermore the Beis Din when Harav Hagaon Rav Yechezkiel Abramsky headed it allowed the Chief Rabbi Brodie to attend the coronation of Queen Elizabeth.

  2. I guess he goes because of fear of sovereign office, not maybe fear of Hashem. To think the English would feel slighted is wagering help. Who knows. Glad it was not my brash day.

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