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Converso “Conversion”

Converso “Conversion” 2 Sivan 5777 • Bamidbar • May 17, 2017 Rabbi Alexander Davis   From Manchester, to the President at the Kotel, to the investigation into Russian meddling, there is much to consider. But sometimes it is also important to be able to put aside the daily newswire and be transported to a different time and place. And that’s what I’d like to do...

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True Security: Chazak, Chazak, V’nitchazek

“True Security: Chazak, Chazak, V’nitchazek” 27 Adar 5777 • Vayakhel-Pekudei • Shabbat Hachodesh • March 25, 2017 Rabbi Alexander Davis   What do we do when we finish a book? Talk about it in book group. Return it to the library. Start a new book. As Jews, we do something else: we rise and call out, “chazak chazak v’nitchazek strength, strength, may we be strengthened.”...

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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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