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Spice and Spirit

“Spice and Spirit” 13 Adar 5777 • Titzaveh • Shabbat Zakhor • March 11, 2017 Rabbi Alexander Davis What’s your favorite smell? Do smells ever remind you of something? A certain place or a time? For me, I love the smell of rosemary. It reminds me of my year at Hebrew University where it grows wild around the campus. And then there is the smell...

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Honoring Our “So-Called” Judges

“Honoring Our “So-Called” Judges” 29 Shevat 5777 • Mishpatim • Shabbat Shekalim • February 25, 2017 Rabbi Alexander Davis Once, a Jew living on Park Avenue built a Sukkah on his balcony. Some of his high society neighbors brought him to court claiming that his hut was an eyesore. They said it was having a negative impact on the value of their homes. In court,...

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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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