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ASERET Y'MEI T'SHUVAH 2020-5781 A4

Rabbi Elli Sarah

Writing by Rabbi Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah

It has been quite a week for milestones connected to the issues that have dominated the news during the past year. On Monday, it was Martin Luther King Day in the United States, held each year on the third Monday in January to mark the birthday of Martin Luther King Junior on January 15, 1929[1]. Dr […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: January 23, 2021, 7:28 pm
January in the far reaches of the northern hemisphere tends to be a grim month. Darkness seems pervasive – and then, as the month wanes, National Holocaust Memorial Day on the 27th, inaugurated in the UK in 2000. As we contemplate the devastating horrors of the Sho’ah, we may feel overwhelmed. How can we fathom […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: January 21, 2021, 7:21 pm
This year, January 27th will be a complex moment: both, International Holocaust Memorial Day and Tu Bishvat, the New Year for trees – so, a day for commemorating the horrors of the Sho’ah and a day for celebrating new life. On the surface, the contradiction could not be greater. But when we turn to the […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: January 21, 2021, 7:19 pm
Five years ago, exactly – to the day – on 12th December 2015, Brighton and Hove Progressive Synagogue marked one of the most momentous milestones since its foundation as a congregation 80 years earlier in 1935. And like today, it was also Shabbat Chanukkah. I will never forget the look on people’s faces as they […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: December 12, 2020, 11:00 am
Rabbi Elli Tikvah Sarah – SJN December 2020 This year, Chanukkah begins on the evening of 10th December, corresponding to the 25th of Kislev. Commemorating the rededication in 164 BCE of the Temple in Jerusalem desecrated by the Assyrian Greeks, Chanukkah is a celebration of the triumph of hope. The Maccabean guerrilla campaign to re-establish […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: December 1, 2020, 7:00 am
Exactly ten days ago, on November 4th, it was the 25th anniversary of the assassination of Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin by an Israeli right-wing extremist.[1] Last Shabbat, on the day of the announcement that Joe Biden had become President Elect of the United States, Lord Sacks, Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, former Chief Rabbi of the […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: November 14, 2020, 11:00 am
Rabbi Elli Tikvah Sarah – LJ E-Bulletin, November 2020 /Cheshvan 5781 25 years ago, the publication of Siddur Lev Chadash was a huge milestone. After two decades of Jewish feminism, the new prayer book of Liberal Judaism put gender equality at the top of the agenda. The main difference in this respect between the new siddur […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: November 12, 2020, 7:00 am
During this festival of Sukkot, may the fragile sukkah that recalls our ancestors’ forty-year sojourn in the barren wilderness, remind us of our obligation to assist the poor and the homeless, those in flight from persecution, war and destitution, and all those across the globe experiencing oppression, anguish, grief, loss, hardship and humiliation at this […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: October 5, 2020, 7:37 pm
At this festival of Sukkot, when we remember how our ancestors wandered in the wilderness for forty years before they were ready to create a new society, we are painfully aware that after decades of wandering in a wilderness of war, enmity and conflict, Israelis and Palestinians are still not yet ready to enter a […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: October 5, 2020, 7:35 pm
We have arrived at the festival that the early rabbis called ‘the season of our rejoicing’ – z’man simchateinu. After laying bare our souls and immersing ourselves in the depths of Yom Kippur, the new year begins in earnest with a celebration of the bounty of life. On the surface the contrast between Yoma, ‘the […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: October 3, 2020, 10:00 am

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