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Rabbi Elli Sarah

Writing by Rabbi Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah

LOOKING FOR GOOD LEADERS – Rabbi Elli Tikvah Sarah – June SJN June – the first of the summer months. As I write this a month earlier, I expect that the continuing coronavirus crisis will mean that June feels more cloudy than sunny this year, whatever the weather. Interestingly, if we turn to the Torah, […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: June 1, 2020, 5:00 am
Hinneinu – Here we are, over nine weeks into the coronavirus crisis lockdown, unable to gather together in the synagogue. We have managed very well with our streamed services, but today, as we mark Shavuot, the fact that we are unable to congregate acquires an additional and deeper poignancy. Jewish teaching puts a major emphasis […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: May 30, 2020, 10:00 am
What has happened to time during this coronavirus pandemic? A number of people have said to me that they find themselves forgetting what day it is. For those not working and staying at home, in the absence of the routines that structure their lives, days seem to merge without differentiation. Only the daily death toll […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: May 9, 2020, 10:00 am
Chag Samei’ach everyone and welcome to this Seventh Day of Pesach morning service. I hope that you have all been enjoying Pesach despite the restrictions imposed due to the need for social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic. The Seventh Day Pesach morning service is marked by two distinct elements: the chanting of the songs recorded […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: April 16, 2020, 10:00 am
Chag samei’ach – and welcome to this first day of Pesach morning service. Chag samei’ach means ‘a joyful festival’. Chag samei’ach is an invitation to rejoice, even if we are not feeling very joyful as the coronavirus pandemic continues. Chag samei’ach is an invitation to enter into another dimension, and allow ourselves to celebrate the […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: April 10, 2020, 10:00 am
Shabbat Shalom and welcome to the third streamed Shabbat morning service from the sanctuary at Brighton and Hove Progressive Synagogue. This Shabbat is called Shabbat ha-Gadol – ‘The Great Sabbath’ – echoing, the reference to the ‘great’ day ahead proclaimed by the prophet Malachi, whose prophecy is read as the haftarah, the ‘concluding’ reading on […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: April 4, 2020, 10:00 am
Spring has arrived, and as April begins, the first month of the Jewish year, known in the Torah as Aviv, Spring (Exodus 13:4), is already one week in. But this is a very strange spring, the spring of 2020–5780. As the natural world is budding into new life all around us in bright, vivid colours […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: April 1, 2020, 11:49 am
Rituals and symbols play a very important part in Jewish life. Pesach is a wonderful case in point. All those symbols on the Seder plate: karpas (green vegetable), maror (bitter herb), charoset (chopped nuts, apple and kiddush wine), beitzah (roasted egg), z’ro’a (roasted lamb-shank bone). The most powerful symbol of all is the item that’s […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: April 1, 2020, 10:00 am
Shabbat Shalom everyone. Welcome to the second streamed service from the sanctuary of Brighton and Hove Progressive Synagogue. For those of you have the those of you have the Siddur booklet – or the PDF – I will be announcing pages, so please join in. But first, a few words. During the past week, individuals […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: March 30, 2020, 12:09 pm
Eternal One, Rock of our lives, we turn to you in the midst of this coronavirus crisis, seeking refuge and a foothold – and also encouragement as we try to find our own courage. As social distancing prevents us from experiencing the joys of life in community, may the need to withdraw and stay well […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: March 20, 2020, 9:52 am

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