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Rabbi Elli Sarah

Writing by Rabbi Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah

SUKKOT PRAYER FOR THE SUFFERING PEOPLES OF THE WORLD 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, and all those across the globe experiencing oppression, anguish, grief, […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: September 23, 2018, 5:00 pm
We have gathered here today on Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, to mark a sacred moment that has been commemorated by the Jewish people for over 2000 years since the period of the Second Temple in Jerusalem. For the past 45 years, Yom Kippur has also been the anniversary of the Yom Kippur War.[1] […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: September 19, 2018, 10:00 am
We have arrived at Yom Kippur. Yom Kippur feels to me like an anchor. It’s as if I’m a boat that sails out of the harbour each year into the stormy seas of life. And then, rather battered and in need of repair, just in time, the yamim nora’im, the ‘awed days’ that begin on […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: September 18, 2018, 5:00 pm
LJ E-Bulletin, Thought for the Week: Yom Kippur (5779) – Rabbi Elli Tikvah Sarah Nearly every time I dictate the words ‘Yom Kippur’ – due to RSI, I’ve been writing by dictation since 2010 – ‘Yom Kippur War’ appears on the screen before me. It seems that for the dictation programme I use – ‘Dragon […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: September 18, 2018, 5:00 am
Have you watched the TV serial HUM∀NS? First broadcast on Channel 4 in 2015, the third series finished in the early summer. HUM∀NS, written with an upside down ‘A’, is sci-fi, but it is set in the very near future, just around the corner… Indeed, everything about the setting looks just like life today, except […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: September 10, 2018, 10:00 am
The sun has set and a New Year has just begun. Before we can look forward and move forward, we must look back and reflect on the year that has now passed. There’s been a lot in the news about anti-Semitism during the past year. In particular, here in Britain in connection with the Labour […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: September 9, 2018, 5:00 pm
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 still, following the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the modern State of Israel, as we listen to the voice of the shofar today on […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: September 9, 2018, 1:00 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 9, 2018, 1:00 pm
THE (COMPLEX) JEWISH CALENDAR by Rabbi Elli Tikvah Sarah, SJN September/October Rosh Ha-Shanah is early this year – although not as early as it could be. The sacred season begins with S’lichot, prayers of ‘Forgiveness’, on the night of Saturday/Sunday, 1st/2nd September. This is very early. According to the Ashkenazi custom, to ensure that S’lichot […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: September 1, 2018, 5:00 am
THE JOURNEY OF ELUL – Rabbi Elli Tikvah Sarah – SJN, August 2018 August. The month for summer holidays. This year, the Hebrew month of Elul begins on Saturday evening, 11th August. Elul has a very different feeling about it. Elul is set aside for preparation for the Yamim Nora’im, the Days of Awe, also […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: August 1, 2018, 5:00 am

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