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Rabbi Elli Sarah

Writing by Rabbi Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah

At this time, 2606 years ago, the inhabitants of Jerusalem were experiencing the full force of the Babylonian conquest. The city had been under siege since the winter, and just over two weeks earlier the city walls had been breached. Exhausted and dying of famine, they didn’t know what lay ahead, but they knew they […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: July 25, 2020, 10:00 am
Jews are a remembering people. Zachor! Remember! – one of our commanding imperatives. During July we recall a particular chapter in our history as a people. On the 17th Tammuz 586 BCE, the Babylonians, who had laid siege to Jerusalem since 10th Tevet in the winter, breached the city walls, finally destroying Jerusalem and King […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: July 1, 2020, 5:00 am
Apart from being a book of teaching, the Torah is packed with riveting stories. And amongst those amazing tales, a yawning gap. So, last Shabbat, the story of the rebellion of Korach, Datan, Aviram and On against the leadership of Moses and Araon.[1] This Shabbat, the narrative returns at Numbers chapter 20 in parashat Chukkat […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: June 27, 2020, 10:00 am
What do we remember? What do we forget? Memory is tricky. We don’t so much remember what happened to us as tell stories of our past. It’s not that we are making it up. When we weave our tales out of the fabric of our past lives, we are making meaning; trying to make sense […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: June 21, 2020, 8:07 am
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

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