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The Expulsion of Jews From Arab Lands

The Expulsion of Jews From Arab Lands 7 Kislev 5778 Rabbi Alexander Davis Vayeitzei, our ancestors left. They left Iraq where a large community of Jews lived for 2600 years. In June 1941, violent riots known as the Farhud erupted targeting the Jewish population, mainly in Bagdad. Killing 179 innocent people, injuring more than 2,100 and leaving 242 children orphans, this act of violence was...

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Assault of Sarah

Assault of Sarah 8 Cheshvan 5778 Rabbi Alexander Davis I don’t know if this happens to you. But whenever I go to the movies and I watch the credits, I secretly take note of all the Jewish names. I feel a sense of pride seeing the list of Spielberg and Goldberg and Weinberg. But since the Harvey Weinstein scandal, seeing those list of names scroll...

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Climate Change

Climate Change Rabbi Alexander Davis 24 Tishrei 5778   “Vayar elohim ki tov And God looked and saw and it was good.” “Vayar elohim ki tov And God looked and saw and it was good.” “Vayar elohim ki tov And God looked and saw and it was good.” Over and over, God looks out on creation and proclaims it good. But today, when look out,...

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A Sukkah Response to Las Vegas – Sukkot 5778

A Sukkah Response to Las Vegas Sukkot 5778 • Beth El Synagogue Rabbi Alexander Davis If only it had been an Islamic terrorist, I keep saying to myself. I am embarrassed to say that. But it is the thought that keeps going through my mind. Because if it had been an Islamic terrorist, then at least we could say to ourselves, “they died as proud...

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Truth and Lies – Yom Kippur 5778

Truth and Lies – Yom Kippur 5778 Beth El Synagogue Rabbi Alexander Davis I always love the high holy days. I love the feeling of pageantry and the prayers, the shofar and the honey. And I love the crowds. How inspiring to look out and see 10,000 people packed into our sanctuary. Believe me. Standing room only. And if you count the live stream, half...

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The Well – Rosh Hashanah 5778

The Well Rosh Hashana 5778 • Beth El Synagogue Rabbi Alexander Davis Once, a group of yeshiva students were traveling through the countryside on a hot summer day when all of a sudden they spotted a cool, fresh pond just on the other side of a fence. They jumped the fence, ran to the pond and plunged in. After a while of splashing and laughing,...

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