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“Song as Protest”

“Song as Protest” 15 Shevat 5777 • Beshalach • Shabbat Shira • February 11, 2017 Rabbi Alexander Davis and Cantor Audrey Abrams AD: This past week, I was watching a Facebook video of a bunch of people gathered on the streets of New York. And what struck me most was… that they were singing. AA: Well, New York kind of does that to you… Start...

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“Hats Off to MTM”

“Hats Off to MTM” 1 Shevat 5777 • Vayera • Rosh Chodesh Shevat • January 28, 2017 Rabbi Alexander Davis On my day first visiting Minneapolis when I flew out to interview here at Beth El, Rabbi Kahn gave me a short tour of the area. We saw Fishman’s and Byerlys and driving around Lake of the Isles, he pointed out the Mary Tyler Moore...

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Righteous Rebuke

“Righteous Rebuke” 16 Tevet 5777 • Toldot • January 14, 2017 Rabbi Alexander Davis Shabbat Shalom I feel like I have no right to give this sermon. I feel like I have no right because I have never served in the IDF. I don’t have sons in the IDF. I have never faced a terrorist bent on killing me, my family and my country. So...

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Anti-Semitism Today

 “Anti-Semitism Today” 17 Kislev 5777 • Toldot • December 17, 2016 Rabbi Alexander Davis The story is told that when Louis Brandeis was studying law at Harvard, an anti-Semitic professor by the name of Peters always displayed animosity towards him. One day Professor Peters was having lunch at the University dining room when Brandeis came along with his tray and sat next to him. The...

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The Smell of Deceit

“The Smell of Deceit” 3 Kislev 5777 • Toldot • December 3, 2016 Rabbi Alexander Davis Are you ready for a pop quiz? What does “Minneapolis” mean? It’s not that we are the Mini Apple west of the Mississippi to New York’s Big Apple. Mini means water; polis means city. So, city of water. What does “Minnesota” mean? Mini means water. Sota means sky-tinted or...

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Conflict of Interest

“Conflict of Interest” 25 Cheshvan 5777 • Chayei Sara • November 26, 2016 Rabbi Alexander Davis Matchmaker, Matchmaker, Make me a match, Find me a find, catch me a catch Matchmaker, Matchmaker Look through your book, And make me a perfect match Matchmaker, Matchmaker, I’ll bring the veil, You bring the groom, Slender and pale. Bring me a ring for I’m longing to be, The...

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