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Summer Fruit – A Weekly Letter From Rabbi Davis – June 14, 2019

Shalom Chaverim, One of the things I love most about summer is the fruit. As a kid, I remember going strawberry, blackberry and raspberry picking. I can still smell the aroma of berry pies and preserves filling our house. Thinking about fruit, a teaching comes to mind. Last week, we observed Shavuot. We think of the holiday as the holiday of Torah and of blintzes....

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Science and Religion – A Weekly Letter From Rabbi Davis – May 31, 2019

Shalom Chaverim, One of the stories I have been following recently is the spread of measles within the ultra-orthodox community. I find it baffling. Judaism is a tradition that cherishes life. Our Torah commands us, “ushmor nafshekha meod” to keep ourselves safe and our bodies healthy. We are rightly proud of the large numbers of Jewish doctors and scientists. And yet, there are anti-vaccinations rallies...

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Stand Next to the Mountain

Stand Next to the Mountain 20 Iyar 5779 | May 25, 2019 Rabbi Avi Olitzky

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Diversity/Unity – A Weekly Letter From Rabbi Davis – May 24, 2019

Shalom Chaverim Earlier this week, I had the privilege of attending Unity Sings at the Wat Thai Temple across Highway 100. Organized by the St Louis Park arts council, it brought together choirs from Beth El, Westwood Lutheran Church, students from Benilde St Margaret’s and the monks from the Temple. Each group presented songs, spoke about music in their tradition, and then we all sang...

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Parents Beware

Parents Beware Emor 13Iyar 5779 | May18, 2049 Rabbi Alexander Davis  

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Holes in the Roof – A Weekly Letter from Rabbi Davis – May 10, 2019

Shalom Chaverim Last Sunday, I had the opportunity to accompany over a dozen Beth El members to see the current production of the Minnesota Jewish Theater Company*, Shul. Sponsored by The Well, we found the story all-too-familiar. Shul, a play by Sheldon Wolf, tells the story of a dying synagogue. Etz Chaim has only a handful of mostly older members, not enough for a minyan....

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