Remembering the Exodus and the Sho’ah

Rabbi Elli Tikvah Sarah 31 March 2018 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 rise1 – and the ‘affliction’ they endured in ‘the house of bondage’. As we read in Aramaic … Read More

Liberal leaders contribute to René Cassin parashiot project

23 March 2018 Liberal Judaism rabbis and officers have contributed to a unique project offering communities a human rights commentary on each weekly Torah parasha. Put together by René Cassin – the human rights NGO that draws on Jewish experiences and values – the free resource offers 54 thoughts written … Read More

[Sermon] It’s a Topsy Turvy World!

10 March 2017 As published in the Crouch End Chavurah magazine Purim (meaning ‘lots’) falls this year on the evening of Sunday 12 March. The biblical book of Esther is the source of Purim. Although lacking any historicity, the Book of Esther tells of a Persian King, Achverosh, his Jewish … Read More

[Sermon] The People vs Trump

29 January 2017 Rabbi Elli Tikvah Sarah A ‘Reality TV’ star has become President of the United States. Is it a joke? When ‘President Trump’ was featured on ‘The Simpsons’ in the year 2000 the spectre was supposed to make us laugh – and perhaps also, to make us think… … Read More

[Sermon] Words and Deeds, Yom Kippur

12 October 2016 Rabbi Richard Jacobi For those who missed it, last night I talked about our inner selves, about our thought and feelings, about our emotions, prejudices and fears, and about how mental health and well being need our focus and our commitment. I ended by suggesting that the … Read More

[Sermon] The Hidden and the Revealed, Kol Nidre

11 October 2016 Rabbi Richard Jacobi The Torah portion that those of us gathered here on Saturday morning studied ended with a verse which detained us for some time. It stated: “The secret things belong to the Eternal One our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to … Read More