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Holding Fast to the Tree of Life

Holding Fast to the Tree of Life 25 Cheshvan 5779 | November 3, 2018 Rabbi Alexander Davis David Rosenthal, 54, and Cecil Rosenthal, 59 were brothers and roommates in a home for adults with intellectual disabilities. They were the regular Shabbat greeters. Bernice Simon, 84, and Sylvan Simon, 86 were married at the Tree of Life Congregation in 1956 in a candlelight ceremony. Daniel Stein, 71...

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Morality and the Jewish State – A Weekly Letter From Rabbi Davis – October 19, 2018

Shalom Chaverim Is the Torah the sole source of morality or are there moral voices independent of, even in contradiction to, the word of God? This essential question of religious life has been debated for thousands of years and it continues to be relevant. For example, new sensitivities around gender, sexuality, pluralism, tolerance of the other, etc. challenge traditional religious moral codes and law. Where...

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Safety First! – A Weekly Letter From Rabbi Davis – October 26, 2018

Shalom Chaverim, A few nights ago, we heard a beeping sound coming from the landing at the top of the stairs. We went and checked, and it turned out that it was the smoke detector. The battery had died and needed to be changed. The problem was, we didn’t have the right kind of battery. Since we couldn’t disconnect the detector and since it was too late...

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Tree Of Life – A Weekly Letter From Rabbi Davis – November 2, 2018

Shalom Chaverim, The story is told of King David.*  King David asked God to know how long he would live. God told him, “Ordinarily, humans do not know when they will die. But I’ll make an exception for you. You will die on Shabbat.” This saddened David greatly for it would bring sorrow to Shabbat. “I would much rather die on Sunday,” David replied. “That...

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A Noble Legacy – A Weekly Letter from Rabbi Alexander Davis – October 12, 2018

Shalom Chaverim, Over this past week, I enjoyed reading about the 2018 Nobel Prize winners. These leaders in their fields are changing our world for the better.  So, too did Alfred Nobel himself. Nobel amassed a fortune as a Swedish munition’s manufacturer. Among other things, he invented dynamite. What motivated him to dedicate his estate to honor and reward those who benefit humanity? It was...

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And Man Shall Rule Over Woman – A Weekly Letter from Rabbi Davis – October 5, 2018

Shalom Chaverim To the woman God said, “In pain will you bear children. Yet your desire shall be for your husband. And he shall rule over you” (Gen. 3:16). Given the news from the past few weeks, I was drawn to this verse from this week’s parasha, Bereshit, the beginning of the Torah. In the aftermath of Adam and Eve’s transgression (eating the forbidden fruit),...

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