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Rabbi Elli Sarah

Writing by Rabbi Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah

Prayer for those enslaved Tzur Yisrael, Rock of Israel, who liberated our ancestors from slavery, we pause amidst our celebration of your gift of Shabbat, the sacred day of rest and freedom, to acknowledge those who are enslaved across the world, including, here in Britain. We think of vulnerable migrants, who are held in domestic servitude. We […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: December 8, 2017, 5:00 pm
Good morning, everyone. I’m delighted to be here today. When I was at school, one of my favourite subjects was History. Then I had the opportunity to do Sociology A-level and I was soon hooked. It was so exciting to learn about society here and now and how it works. And then, when I went […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: November 29, 2017, 11:00 am
Good afternoon everyone. It is wonderful to be here and to participate once again in the annual Brighton and Hove Interfaith service. The theme of today’s service, as we know, is listening. For Jews, listening is an imperative: Sh’ma! ‘Listen!’ The central statement of Jewish theology and practice, expressed in the Hebrew Bible in the […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: November 27, 2017, 11:00 am
Dear Friends and honoured guests, here we are gathered together for this sacred service of Remembrance. We probably think we know what we mean by the word ‘remembrance’. At a remembrance service, we remember. But of course, we don’t all remember. None of us here today remember the First World War, and only a few […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: November 12, 2017, 5:00 pm
INTRODUCTION AND WELCOME TO THE SERVICE OF CELEBRATION 50th ANNIVERSARY OF THE SEXUAL OFFENCES ACT, 1967, Liberal Jewish Synagogue, 29.10.17 Good afternoon everyone. It’s my privilege to welcome you to this special celebration to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Sexual Offences Act that decriminalised sexual acts between two men over the age of […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: October 29, 2017, 11:00 am
This week, the cycle of Torah readings turns to the stories of our ancestors, beginning with the tales of our first patriarch and matriarch, Abraham and Sarah, related in parashat Lekh L’kha, which spans chapters 12 to 17 of the Book of Genesis. My first sermon was on this portion on 26th October 1985, 11th […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: October 28, 2017, 10:00 am
  Eternal God, our Creator and Liberator, 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 escape in the hope of finding refuge and […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: October 3, 2017, 10:00 am
Today is Yom Kippur. Some of us are here on this sacred occasion for the first time. Most of us have been here before. The year goes around, and every year is marked by its regular milestones – birthdays, anniversaries, festivals. Are these simply dates on the calendar? Milestones in our personal lives – especially […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: September 30, 2017, 10:00 am
As we gather here this evening, just nine days into the New Year, the sombre, reflective spirit associated with Yom Kippur, combines with a complex bundle of feelings that each one of us carries within us, as we face the year ahead. We know that our purpose on this most sacred day of the Jewish […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: September 29, 2017, 5:00 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 22, 2017, 6:08 am

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