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Rabbi Elli Sarah

Writing by Rabbi Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah

When groups of non-Jews visit the synagogue, they often ask me how I would sum up what is distinctive about Judaism and Jewish life. Well, Jews very rarely get together without food being part of the proceedings. But then, we’re not entirely unique in this respect. Jews are also very family-orientated. But then again, so […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: July 29, 2017, 10:00 am
The tribute I gave in honour of the late Rabbi Lionel Blue, Z”L, at the Erev Pride Erev Shabbat service held at the Liberal Jewish Synagogue, London. This evening, at our erev Pride Erev Shabbat service, I have been invited to pay tribute to Rabbi Lionel Blue, zichrono livrachah, may his memory be for blessing, […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: July 7, 2017, 6:00 pm
I participated in a meeting meeting in Central London on 28.06.17 about ‘The Left, Israel/Palestine and Anti-Semitism: Changing the Conversation.’ It involved members of Jews for Justice for the Palestinians, Independent Jewish Voices and the Jewish Socialist Group. I contributed to a panel of three speakers. The other speakers were Julia Bard of the JSG and Dr Brian […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: June 28, 2017, 5:00 pm
To say that there’s been rather a lot in the news lately about leadership is a huge understatement. In just three weeks, in the wake of the third horrific terrorist attack in as many months on 3rd June, the General Election on the 8th, the devastating conflagration that destroyed Grenfell Tower block and claimed the […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: June 24, 2017, 10:00 am
Prayer following Terrorist Attack, Manchester Arena, 23.05.17 This Shabbat our thoughts are with the people of Manchester, and all those affected by the horrific suicide-bomb attack at the Manchester Arena on Tuesday evening, which targeted young people, including children. In particular, our thoughts go out to the family and friends of the 22 people killed […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: May 27, 2017, 10:00 am
What a week it has been. For those twenty-two families, whose loved ones were killed when a suicide bomber detonated his explosives at 10:30 PM on Monday evening in the foyer of the Manchester Arena; for the more than one hundred individuals injured, many of them critically, and their families; in a moment of terrifying […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: May 27, 2017, 10:00 am
MAKING MEANING IN THE WILDERNESS: A COMMENTARY ON B’MIDBAR Rabbi Elli Tikvah Sarah – LJ E-Bulletin, May 2017 As we read the Torah every week, each one of us is challenged to read it in the context of our own lives; from a perspective that is shaped by our passions, concerns and values. That is […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: May 26, 2017, 6:54 am
We are what we eat! A soundbite – please excuse the pun – but very true. During the last few decades, obesity has become a growing problem in the more prosperous nations across the world – not least, here in Britain. For quite a long time, the over-consumption of fatty foods was seen as the […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: April 22, 2017, 10:00 am
How is Pesach this year different from all other years? Rabbi Elli Tikvah Sarah – LJ E-Bulletin, Pesach 2017/5777 How is Pesach this year different from all other years? On all other years, we recall that our ancestors were slaves in the land of Egypt. On all other years, we celebrate our liberation and the […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: April 14, 2017, 6:49 am
On Wednesday afternoon, three people were killed and 40 were injured, some of them seriously, when a terrorist ploughed the car he was driving into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge, and then went on to stab a police officer on duty at the Houses of Parliament.[1] Sadly, one of the critically injured has since died. Just […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: March 25, 2017, 11:00 am

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