From the desk of Rabbi Elli

Rabbi Elli Sarah

Writing by Rabbi Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah

  Eternal God, our Creator and Liberator, we pause to remember Your children across the world whose lives are blighted by the curses of poverty and persecution. We think of the many millions in flight from tyranny, violence and destitution, risking their lives as they make their escape in the hope of finding refuge and […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: October 3, 2017, 10:00 am
Today is Yom Kippur. Some of us are here on this sacred occasion for the first time. Most of us have been here before. The year goes around, and every year is marked by its regular milestones – birthdays, anniversaries, festivals. Are these simply dates on the calendar? Milestones in our personal lives – especially […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: September 30, 2017, 10:00 am
As we gather here this evening, just nine days into the New Year, the sombre, reflective spirit associated with Yom Kippur, combines with a complex bundle of feelings that each one of us carries within us, as we face the year ahead. We know that our purpose on this most sacred day of the Jewish […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: September 29, 2017, 5:00 pm
Eternal God, our Creator and Liberator, today on Rosh Ha-Shanah, the birthday of the world, we pause to remember Your children across the world whose lives are blighted by the curses of poverty and persecution. We think of the many millions in flight from tyranny, violence and destitution, risking their lives as they make their […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: September 22, 2017, 6:08 am
Have you heard of ‘Earth Overshoot Day’? I only found out about it through Twitter. I then went to the Overshoot Day website, which states – and I quote:[1] ‘Earth Overshoot Day is the date when humanity’s annual demand on nature exceeds what Earth can regenerate over the entire year.’ This year, Earth Overshoot Day […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: September 21, 2017, 10:05 am
The journey of the past year has now ended and the journey of the New Year has just begun. The language of journeying has become so overused in recent times – both in the context of Jewish life and in the wider world – that it seems to have become empty of meaning. Another cliché […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: September 21, 2017, 9:59 am
PRAYER FOR THOSE AFFECTED BY RECENT HURRICANES, MONSOON FLOODS & EARTHQUAKE Today on Rosh Ha-Shanah, the birthday of the world, our thoughts are with all those whose lives have been devastated by the recent ferocious weather and earthquakes. We think of the millions of people, affected by the overwhelmingly destructive monsoon floods in India, Pakistan, […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: September 21, 2017, 5:00 am
PRAYER FOR PEACE BETWEEN ISRAELIS AND PALESTINIANS As another New Year dawns, a just resolution to the conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians seems as elusive as ever. And yet, following the 50th anniversary of the Six Day War, as we listen to the voice of the shofar today on Rosh Ha-Shanah, we dare […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: September 21, 2017, 5:00 am
Hello everyone and thank you for inviting me to address you this evening. I’ve been asked to speak to you about LGBTQ Pride from a Jewish perspective. As we gather here together at this Village MCC Church, I’m sure we are very conscious that our identity encompasses, both, being LGBTQ and our sense of being […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: August 27, 2017, 5:00 pm
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

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