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Rabbi Elli Sarah

Writing by Rabbi Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah

Last month, I re-watched Simon Schama’s The Story of the Jews, first screened on BBC 2 in 2013. In the fifth and last episode, ‘The Return’, focusing on Israel as the centre of the revival of Jewish life after the Sho’ah, Schama draws attention to the republication of the Talmud seventy years ago by the […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: June 1, 2018, 5:00 am
Dear President Trump, I’m writing to you in the hope that you will help to resolve a problem that until now has proved completely intractable: the conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians over a piece of land that each people regards as their home. Why am I writing to you? After all, I’m a […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: May 26, 2018, 10:00 am
[I wrote this paper last year. I’m posting it again in the context of the recent re-emergence of the issue of anti-Semitism in the Labour Party – ETS] Good evening everyone and thank you for inviting me to participate in this meeting. I would like to contribute to our discussion about how we can change […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: April 18, 2018, 1:27 pm
Eight Poems by Rabbi Elli Tikvah Sarah On 21st February 2018, I spent a day that began at midnight, accompanying 200 Lower Sixth Formers from Brighton College – together with their Head Teacher, Deputy Heads and the Heads of the College Houses – on a visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau. On the plane journeys there and back […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: April 8, 2018, 5:00 am
It’s Pesach, when we eat matzah, the unleavened bread that simultaneously expresses our slave ancestors’ hasty departure from Egypt – their dough having no time to rise[1] – and the ‘affliction’ they endured in ‘the house of bondage’. As we read in Aramaic in the Haggadah: ha lachma anya di achalu avhatana b’ara d’mitzrayim – […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: March 31, 2018, 10:00 am
We Jews are the people of many books. There is one particular book on my shelves that I dip into from time to time, when I want to know what happened on a particular day in Jewish history: A Jewish Book of Days by the Anglo-Jewish historian Cecil Roth (Edward Goldston, London, 1931). Roth is […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: March 1, 2018, 6:00 am
It’s February: the shortest month of the year and the last month of winter, reminding us that spring is just around the corner. So, a time for looking forwards. This year, February has also been a moment for looking backwards 100 years to 6th February 1918 and the Representation of the People Act, which gave […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: February 18, 2018, 8:00 am
A PRAYER FOR PEACE BETWEEN ISRAELIS AND PALESTINIANS As the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians continues to rage decade after decade, to pray for peace seems a hopeless and naïve folly. And yet, in this year that marks the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the State of Israel, it is more urgent than ever […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: January 31, 2018, 12:00 pm
PRAYER FOR REFUGEES 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 […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: January 31, 2018, 12:00 pm
Today is rather complex. We are celebrating Shabbat, our weekly opportunity for rest and renewal. It is also National Holocaust Memorial Day, the day set aside by the British government since the millennium for remembrance of the Holocaust, and for educational activities about the horrors of Nazism and subsequent genocides.[1] So: a day of joy […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: January 27, 2018, 11:00 am

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