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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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Live by the Law, Don’t Die by it

Rosh Hashanah Day 1 Rabbi Avi Olitzky

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Parashat Vayikra – Nuance not Apathy

Parashat Vayikra – Nuance not Apathy – Rabbi Avi Olitzky

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