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Rabbi Elli Sarah

Writing by Rabbi Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah

Fifty years ago, on 21st July 1969 at 02:56:15 UTC (Coordinated Universal Time), American astronaut, Commander Neil Armstrong stepped out of the Apollo 11 Lunar Module Eagle and walked on the moon. 19 minutes later, he was joined by Lunar Module pilot, Buzz Aldrin. Meanwhile, Command Module pilot, Michael Collins flew the Command Module Columbia […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: July 1, 2019, 5:00 am
ALL-NIGHT CHEESECAKE & REFRESHMENTS STUDY MARATHON Led by Rabbi Elli Tikvah Sarah CLIMATE CHANGE & OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO REPAIR THE WORLD Saturday 8th (PM) – Sunday 9th (AM) June 2019 Brighton & Hove Progressive Synagogue, 6 Lansdowne Road, BN3 1FF Start: 8 PM (last entry: 10 PM). Finish: 5.30 AM on the beach (Participants will […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: June 10, 2019, 11:12 am
Friends: It is an honour and a pleasure to be with you this evening. I have been invited to offer a prayer on Unity. Unity between people and peoples of different religions, faiths, ethnicities, cultures, sexualities and genders can only be achieved if we acknowledge and celebrate our differences and the rich diversity of human […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: June 2, 2019, 5:00 am
This year, Shavuot begins on Saturday evening, 8th June. After the Temple was destroyed by the Romans in 70 CE and the festival ceased to be Yom Ha-Bikkurim, ‘The Day of First-Fruits’ when our ancestors went on pilgrimage with their offerings to Jerusalem, the Rabbinic Sages reconstructed the ‘Feast of Weeks’ into Z’man Matan Torateinu, […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: June 1, 2019, 5:00 am
One of the saddest duties of a Rabbi is to conduct a funeral. Of course, it is a mitzvah to accompany the dead – and the living; to walk alongside those who walk through the valley of the shadow of death. But it is also very sad and sobering. Since I became Rabbi of BHPS […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: May 1, 2019, 5:00 am
We want to wish all of our candidates well… It is not an easy time to be involved in public life… Is it any wonder that women are still underrepresented in local and national government given the abuse that comes with putting your head above the parapet. We want to thank Councillor Yates, Councillor Mac […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: May 1, 2019, 5:00 am
When my Exploring Judaism classes turn to the theme of Pesach, we always begin with the story of the Exodus that is related in the Torah. That story itself begins with the brave midwives Shifrah and Pu’ah who resisted Pharaoh’s genocidal decree and saved the lives of the new-born Hebrew baby boys.[1] Reading the Torah‘s […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: April 20, 2019, 10:00 am
This year, Pesach begins on the evening of 19th April with the Seder. The centrepiece of the Seder is the telling of the tale of the Exodus related in the Haggadah that features several ‘fours’: four questions asked by the youngest child, four types of children, and of course, four cups of wine. Traditionally, the […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: April 19, 2019, 5:00 am
Friends, it’s wonderful to be here at this 25th conference of the International Congress of LGBT+ Jews. The first conference I attended was held in Amsterdam in July 1987. I then went to the one in Chicago in July 1989, just after my ordination. Subsequently I was part of the organising committee for the 13th […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: March 27, 2019, 7:14 pm
MARCH 1144 AND 2019 by Rabbi Elli Tikvah Sarah, SJN, March 2019 Purim begins this year on evening of 20th March. As most of us are aware, this minor postbiblical festival celebrates a victory against anti-Semitism and the scheme of a demagogue, intent on destroying the Jewish minority scattered throughout the vast empire of King […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: March 1, 2019, 6:00 am

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