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Rabbi Elli Sarah

Writing by Rabbi Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah

Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: November 26, 2018, 9:59 am
Friends: It’s wonderful to be here this afternoon for this annual interfaith service that celebrates the rich and diverse religious and spiritual life of our city, and the bonds of love and respect we have forged between us. Brighton and Hove is a city of angels – and I want to take this opportunity to […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: November 25, 2018, 11:00 am
Prayer on the 80th Anniversary of Kristallnacht Eternal One, we have gathered together this Shabbat to enjoy your weekly gift of rest and renewal – and also to mourn. Twenty years after the Armistice that ended the war that was supposed ‘to end all wars’, another devastating conflagration was ignited, even more deadly, with hatred […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: November 9, 2018, 1:59 pm
JEWISH CONNECTIONS WITH HUMAN RIGHTS – Rabbi Elli Tikvah Sarah – SJN – 12.18 This year we have been marking several anniversaries, including the 70th birthday of the establishment of the State of Israel (14 May 1948/5th Iyyar 5708) and the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht (9th-10th November 1938/16th Cheshvan 5699). On 10th December it will […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: November 8, 2018, 5:38 pm
Good morning. Eight days ago, the peace of the Sabbath at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh was shattered when an armed far-right extremist, screaming ‘death to the Jews’ went on the rampage, killing 11 people. The first incident of its kind since Jews first began to immigrate to the United States in the […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: November 4, 2018, 9:00 am
TWO ANNIVERSARIES – Rabbi Elli Tikvah Sarah – SJN, November 2018 For the past four years here in Britain, we have been commemorating the centenary of the First World War. Each year, the nation marks Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday. This year, which marks hundred years since the war ended, both fall on 11th November. […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: November 1, 2018, 6:00 am
In September 2000, just after the second intifada broke out, I wrote a prayer for peace between Israelis and Palestinians. We have been reciting the prayer at my synagogue ever since. I was prompted to write the prayer for two reasons. First, praying for a just peace was my natural response to events that finally […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: October 26, 2018, 5:00 am
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

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