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Rabbi Elli Sarah

Writing by Rabbi Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah

Spring has arrived, and as April begins, the first month of the Jewish year, known in the Torah as Aviv, Spring (Exodus 13:4), is already one week in. But this is a very strange spring, the spring of 2020–5780. As the natural world is budding into new life all around us in bright, vivid colours […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: April 1, 2020, 11:49 am
Rituals and symbols play a very important part in Jewish life. Pesach is a wonderful case in point. All those symbols on the Seder plate: karpas (green vegetable), maror (bitter herb), charoset (chopped nuts, apple and kiddush wine), beitzah (roasted egg), z’ro’a (roasted lamb-shank bone). The most powerful symbol of all is the item that’s […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: April 1, 2020, 10:00 am
Shabbat Shalom everyone. Welcome to the second streamed service from the sanctuary of Brighton and Hove Progressive Synagogue. For those of you have the those of you have the Siddur booklet – or the PDF – I will be announcing pages, so please join in. But first, a few words. During the past week, individuals […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: March 30, 2020, 12:09 pm
Eternal One, Rock of our lives, we turn to you in the midst of this coronavirus crisis, seeking refuge and a foothold – and also encouragement as we try to find our own courage. As social distancing prevents us from experiencing the joys of life in community, may the need to withdraw and stay well […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: March 20, 2020, 9:52 am
So, the UK has left the EU. Let’s look at those acronyms for a moment. The ‘United Kingdom’ that encompasses England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Oh! what a complex morass of stories spanning centuries, underlie that conflict-ridden alliance. The ‘European Union’; formed in 1993, the EU was preceded by the European Economic Community that […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: February 22, 2020, 11:00 am
Did our ancestors flee the house of bondage or were they pushed? The parashah, B’shallach opens with the words: ‘It came to pass when Pharaoh sent the people away … – Va-y’hi b’shallach Paroh et ha-am …’ (Exodus 13:17). B’shallach is often translated as ‘let go’, but the plain meaning of the Hebrew root, Shin […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: February 6, 2020, 6:00 am
Good Morning. Tomorrow, 27th January, it will be the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz concentration camp by the Red Army. Death marches continued and thousands of the persecuted who were not gassed or shot died in typhoid epidemics, but it was the beginning of the end of the Sho’ah, the Holocaust. This milestone […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: January 27, 2020, 7:00 am
When I travelled to Australia last March to speak at the 25th Jewish LGBT+ World Congress in Sydney,[1] I went on a special mini-bus day-trip to the Blue Mountains situated eighty miles north-west of the city. When we think of mountains, we often imagine massive ranges of rock. By contrast, the beautiful Blue Mountains are […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: January 20, 2020, 11:00 am
2019 is drawing to a close. What a year it has been. Surely, climate sceptics have taken note of yet more extreme weather events: raging fires – still raging in Australia; torrential rains – including, in Britain. A 16-year-old prophet, calling out the governments of the world has delivered the verdict loud and clear: Climate […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: December 28, 2019, 11:00 am
Friends, it’s a pleasure to be here participating, once again, in the annual Interfaith service organised by the Brighton and Hove Interfaith Contact Group. Every time we come together from across the city, my spirit is lifted by the spirit of hope, goodwill and mutual respect that we generate in these gatherings. It is vital […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: November 24, 2019, 11:00 am

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