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Rabbi Elli Sarah

Writing by Rabbi Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah

With July, summer begins in earnest – weather permitting, of course. This year, Tishah B’Av, the 9th day of the Hebrew month of Av, falls towards the end of July. Commemorating the destruction of King Solomon’s Temple by the Babylonians in 586 BCE and the destruction of the last Temple by the Romans in 70 […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: July 1, 2018, 5:00 am
On Tuesday evening, I participated in the pre-launch Assembly of Brighton and Hove Citizens UK. Over the past couple of years, Peter Brierley, the community organiser of Citizens UK, based in London, has made regular trips to Brighton forging contacts with local organisations, including local churches as well as our synagogue, with a view to […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: June 23, 2018, 10:00 am
Last month, I re-watched Simon Schama’s The Story of the Jews, first screened on BBC 2 in 2013. In the fifth and last episode, ‘The Return’, focusing on Israel as the centre of the revival of Jewish life after the Sho’ah, Schama draws attention to the republication of the Talmud seventy years ago by the […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: June 1, 2018, 5:00 am
Dear President Trump, I’m writing to you in the hope that you will help to resolve a problem that until now has proved completely intractable: the conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians over a piece of land that each people regards as their home. Why am I writing to you? After all, I’m a […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: May 26, 2018, 10:00 am
[I wrote this paper last year. I’m posting it again in the context of the recent re-emergence of the issue of anti-Semitism in the Labour Party – ETS] Good evening everyone and thank you for inviting me to participate in this meeting. I would like to contribute to our discussion about how we can change […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: April 18, 2018, 1:27 pm
Eight Poems by Rabbi Elli Tikvah Sarah On 21st February 2018, I spent a day that began at midnight, accompanying 200 Lower Sixth Formers from Brighton College – together with their Head Teacher, Deputy Heads and the Heads of the College Houses – on a visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau. On the plane journeys there and back […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: April 8, 2018, 5:00 am
It’s Pesach, when we eat matzah, the unleavened bread that simultaneously expresses our slave ancestors’ hasty departure from Egypt – their dough having no time to rise[1] – and the ‘affliction’ they endured in ‘the house of bondage’. As we read in Aramaic in the Haggadah: ha lachma anya di achalu avhatana b’ara d’mitzrayim – […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: March 31, 2018, 10:00 am
We Jews are the people of many books. There is one particular book on my shelves that I dip into from time to time, when I want to know what happened on a particular day in Jewish history: A Jewish Book of Days by the Anglo-Jewish historian Cecil Roth (Edward Goldston, London, 1931). Roth is […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: March 1, 2018, 6:00 am
It’s February: the shortest month of the year and the last month of winter, reminding us that spring is just around the corner. So, a time for looking forwards. This year, February has also been a moment for looking backwards 100 years to 6th February 1918 and the Representation of the People Act, which gave […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: February 18, 2018, 8:00 am
A PRAYER FOR PEACE BETWEEN ISRAELIS AND PALESTINIANS As the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians continues to rage decade after decade, to pray for peace seems a hopeless and naïve folly. And yet, in this year that marks the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the State of Israel, it is more urgent than ever […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: January 31, 2018, 12:00 pm

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