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Rabbi Elli Sarah

Writing by Rabbi Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah

Good Morning. Tomorrow, 27th January, it will be the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz concentration camp by the Red Army. Death marches continued and thousands of the persecuted who were not gassed or shot died in typhoid epidemics, but it was the beginning of the end of the Sho’ah, the Holocaust. This milestone […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: January 27, 2020, 7:00 am
When I travelled to Australia last March to speak at the 25th Jewish LGBT+ World Congress in Sydney,[1] I went on a special mini-bus day-trip to the Blue Mountains situated eighty miles north-west of the city. When we think of mountains, we often imagine massive ranges of rock. By contrast, the beautiful Blue Mountains are […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: January 20, 2020, 11:00 am
2019 is drawing to a close. What a year it has been. Surely, climate sceptics have taken note of yet more extreme weather events: raging fires – still raging in Australia; torrential rains – including, in Britain. A 16-year-old prophet, calling out the governments of the world has delivered the verdict loud and clear: Climate […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: December 28, 2019, 11:00 am
Friends, it’s a pleasure to be here participating, once again, in the annual Interfaith service organised by the Brighton and Hove Interfaith Contact Group. Every time we come together from across the city, my spirit is lifted by the spirit of hope, goodwill and mutual respect that we generate in these gatherings. It is vital […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: November 24, 2019, 11:00 am
Shabbat seems to be exactly the right time to take a break from Brexit and the forthcoming general election. So, today I would like to explore a different pressing contemporary issue. It also happens to be a very ancient issue, featuring centre-stage in the stories from Genesis that we are reading at the moment: Gender. […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: November 23, 2019, 11:00 am
Friends, thank you for inviting me here this evening on the occasion of your AGM, which is taking place during Interfaith Week. It’s a pleasure to have the opportunity to speak to you. There are so many urgent issues to address. In the immediate future, Brexit still unresolved, we face a General Election in four […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: November 16, 2019, 2:43 pm
Today, we begin reading the Torah – again – and so, usher in an annual cycle that we return to year after year. How can we be beginning now? Surely, life renews itself in the spring, not in the autumn? The autumn is a season of dying – in glorious shades and hues. Nevertheless, for […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: October 26, 2019, 10:00 am
SUKKOT PRAYER 5780 Sh’chinah M’kor Chayyeinu, Divine Presence Source of our lives, You have accompanied us on all our journeys ‘from Egypt until now’. As we celebrate Sukkot, we pray that the fragile sukkah recalling our ancestors’ forty-year sojourn in the wilderness, may remind us of our obligation to support the poor and the destitute, […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: October 13, 2019, 4:00 pm
Hinneinu – Here we are on Yom Kippur morning. Although several hours of praying, reflecting and fasting lie ahead, in fact, the aseret y’mei t’shuvah, the ‘ten days of returning’ are drawing to a close. After sunset, the New Year begins in earnest, and we will turn from looking back to moving forwards. In the […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: October 9, 2019, 8:00 am
We have arrived at the final long day of the aseret y’mei t’shuvah, the ‘ten days of returning’. It has become commonplace to use the metaphor of journeying. In the context of this most sacred season of the Jewish year, it is completely appropriate. We began nine days ago, summoned by the blasts of the shofar […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: October 8, 2019, 5:00 pm

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