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Rabbi Elli Sarah

Writing by Rabbi Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah

Jewish life is thriving. Jewish life is diminishing. The facts vary from place to place and depend on your perspective and experience – and on whether you measure Jewish life by narrow Jewish status definitions, or acknowledge that Jewish life comes in many different guises. Jewish life in all its forms is rooted in a commitment […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: January 4, 2019, 11:00 am
January is generally a dreary month in the northern hemisphere. And yet, set at the heart of winter, January also ushers in new beginnings. Across the world, the Jewish people marks Tu Bishvat, the 15th day of the month of Sh’vat with the New Year for Trees – Rosh Ha-Shanah La-Ilanot – as in Israel, […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: January 1, 2019, 6:00 am
Sexual harassment has been in the news in the past few weeks, and the #MeToo campaign in social media has revealed just how widespread it is. Of course, it’s not just a contemporary problem. The Hebrew Bible is full of similar stories of predatory male sexual behaviour, from the rape of Dinah, daughter of Leah […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: December 29, 2018, 12:00 pm
How did the minor festival of Chanukkah get to be so big? I will return to this question, but first, it’s important to acknowledge that when the rabbinic sages referred to Chanukkah as a minor festival, they meant it in the sense that it wasn’t a biblical festival. The major festivals are those that are […]
Author: Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Posted: December 8, 2018, 11:00 am
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

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