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Rabbi Elli Sarah

Writing by Rabbi Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah

Friends, thank you for inviting me here this evening on the occasion of your AGM, which is taking place during Interfaith Week. It’s a pleasure to have the opportunity to speak to you. There are so many urgent issues to address. In the immediate future, Brexit still unresolved, we face a General Election in four […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: November 16, 2019, 2:43 pm
Today, we begin reading the Torah – again – and so, usher in an annual cycle that we return to year after year. How can we be beginning now? Surely, life renews itself in the spring, not in the autumn? The autumn is a season of dying – in glorious shades and hues. Nevertheless, for […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: October 26, 2019, 10:00 am
SUKKOT PRAYER 5780 Sh’chinah M’kor Chayyeinu, Divine Presence Source of our lives, You have accompanied us on all our journeys ‘from Egypt until now’. As we celebrate Sukkot, we pray that the fragile sukkah recalling our ancestors’ forty-year sojourn in the wilderness, may remind us of our obligation to support the poor and the destitute, […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: October 13, 2019, 4:00 pm
Hinneinu – Here we are on Yom Kippur morning. Although several hours of praying, reflecting and fasting lie ahead, in fact, the aseret y’mei t’shuvah, the ‘ten days of returning’ are drawing to a close. After sunset, the New Year begins in earnest, and we will turn from looking back to moving forwards. In the […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: October 9, 2019, 8:00 am
We have arrived at the final long day of the aseret y’mei t’shuvah, the ‘ten days of returning’. It has become commonplace to use the metaphor of journeying. In the context of this most sacred season of the Jewish year, it is completely appropriate. We began nine days ago, summoned by the blasts of the shofar […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: October 8, 2019, 5:00 pm
Observing Yom Kippur as Liberal Jews What is the Liberal Jewish approach to Yom Kippur? Traditional observance of Yom Kippur is based on rabbinic interpretation of the command found in the Torah that ‘you should afflict yourselves – v’innitem et-nafshoteikhem – ‘on the tenth day of the seventh month’, ‘from evening to evening’ (Leviticus 23:27-32). […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: October 7, 2019, 5:00 am
During the past year, there has been much to cause us dismay – even despair – from the ongoing Brexit shenanigans through our growing awareness of the threat of environmental catastrophe. But there have been signs of hope, too. Hope has come in the form of young people taking to the streets to demand action, […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: September 30, 2019, 10:00 am
As the sun set this evening, the Hebrew year ended – and also a decade came to a close: the 5770s. This evening, a new decade begins with the year 5780. As many of us are aware, the Hebrew year date reflects the chronology in the Torah going back to Creation. We know that the […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: September 29, 2019, 5:00 pm
What a summer it has been. The hottest July on record. Possibly, one of the wettest Augusts on record. And then, the hottest late August bank holiday on record. And while experiencing climate change in action and dealing with its impact – not least on the National Grid and the rail network – some of […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: August 31, 2019, 10:00 am
Fifty years ago, on 21st July 1969 at 02:56:15 UTC (Coordinated Universal Time), American astronaut, Commander Neil Armstrong stepped out of the Apollo 11 Lunar Module Eagle and walked on the moon. 19 minutes later, he was joined by Lunar Module pilot, Buzz Aldrin. Meanwhile, Command Module pilot, Michael Collins flew the Command Module Columbia […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: July 1, 2019, 5:00 am

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