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Rabbi Elli Sarah

Writing by Rabbi Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah

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
There has been a lot in the news recently about law. As soon as he got into office, President Trump started signing a series of ‘executive orders’ to put his campaign promises into practice. The executive order that has hit the headlines concerns the banning of any immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries.[1] More of […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: February 25, 2017, 11:00 am
DEFYING GENDER ASSUMPTIONS: A COMMENTARY ON THE HAFTARAH TO B’SHALLACH Rabbi Elli Tikvah Sarah – LJ E-Bulletin, February 2017 The Torah portion, B’shallach (Exodus 13:17-17:16), includes a vignette about Miriam, the elder sister of Aaron and Moses. We read at Exodus 15: 20-21 that following the crossing of the Sea of Reeds and the song […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: February 9, 2017, 6:00 am
A ‘Reality TV’ star has become President of the United States. Is it a joke? When ‘President Trump’ was featured on ‘The Simpsons’ in the year 2000 the spectre was supposed to make us laugh – and perhaps also, to make us think… In an episode, entitled, ‘Bart to the Future’, Bart Simpson is subjected […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: January 28, 2017, 11:00 am
2016 was a very significant year for the Jews of Sussex, as we celebrated the 250th anniversary of Brighton Jewry – and 2017 is set to be even more significant for Jews throughout the world, as we mark the 100th Anniversary of the Balfour Declaration (https://wwi.lib.byu.edu/index.php/The_Balfour_Declaration). On 2 November 2017, Lord Balfour wrote a letter […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: January 1, 2017, 6:00 am
Today is Shabbat Chanukkah, which falls this year on the seventh day of the festival. It is also the last day of 2016. How shall we review the past year? If we look at global events: a year etched by terror attacks that began with assaults in Paris against the ‘free speech’ Charlie Hebdo magazine […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: December 31, 2016, 11:00 am
The Joseph story is amongst the most well-known in the Hebrew Bible. A mini novella, occupying the last four parashiyyot of the Torah –Va-yeishev, Mikkeitz, Va-yiggash and Va-y’chi (Genesis 3:1-50:26) – at its heart is the problematic relationship between Joseph and his ten older brothers, Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, Asher, Issaschar and […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: December 24, 2016, 11:00 am
25th Kislev – 3rd Tevet / 24th December (evening ) 1st January (day) Chanukkah celebrates freedom from oppression. In 167 BCE, the Jews of Judea rose up in revolt against the oppressive regime of the Seleucid Emperor, King Antiochus IV, known as ‘Epiphanes’, the ‘Revealed’. The revolt was led by Judah the Maccabee (‘Hammer’), the […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: December 24, 2016, 6:00 am

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