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Rabbi Elli Sarah

Writing by Rabbi Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah

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
Jewish life is thriving. Jewish life is diminishing. The facts vary from place to place and depend on your perspective and experience – and on whether you measure Jewish life by narrow Jewish status definitions, or acknowledge that Jewish life comes in many different guises. Jewish life in all its forms is rooted in a commitment […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: January 4, 2019, 11:00 am
January is generally a dreary month in the northern hemisphere. And yet, set at the heart of winter, January also ushers in new beginnings. Across the world, the Jewish people marks Tu Bishvat, the 15th day of the month of Sh’vat with the New Year for Trees – Rosh Ha-Shanah La-Ilanot – as in Israel, […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: January 1, 2019, 6:00 am
Sexual harassment has been in the news in the past few weeks, and the #MeToo campaign in social media has revealed just how widespread it is. Of course, it’s not just a contemporary problem. The Hebrew Bible is full of similar stories of predatory male sexual behaviour, from the rape of Dinah, daughter of Leah […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: December 29, 2018, 12:00 pm
How did the minor festival of Chanukkah get to be so big? I will return to this question, but first, it’s important to acknowledge that when the rabbinic sages referred to Chanukkah as a minor festival, they meant it in the sense that it wasn’t a biblical festival. The major festivals are those that are […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: December 8, 2018, 11:00 am
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: November 26, 2018, 9:59 am
Friends: It’s wonderful to be here this afternoon for this annual interfaith service that celebrates the rich and diverse religious and spiritual life of our city, and the bonds of love and respect we have forged between us. Brighton and Hove is a city of angels – and I want to take this opportunity to […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: November 25, 2018, 11:00 am

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