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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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The Smell of Deceit

“The Smell of Deceit” 3 Kislev 5777 • Toldot • December 3, 2016 Rabbi Alexander Davis Are you ready for a pop quiz? What does “Minneapolis” mean? It’s not that we are the Mini Apple west of the Mississippi to New York’s Big Apple. Mini means water; polis means city. So, city of water. What does “Minnesota” mean? Mini means water. Sota means sky-tinted or...

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Conflict of Interest

“Conflict of Interest” 25 Cheshvan 5777 • Chayei Sara • November 26, 2016 Rabbi Alexander Davis Matchmaker, Matchmaker, Make me a match, Find me a find, catch me a catch Matchmaker, Matchmaker Look through your book, And make me a perfect match Matchmaker, Matchmaker, I’ll bring the veil, You bring the groom, Slender and pale. Bring me a ring for I’m longing to be, The...

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Keep Far From a Bad Neighbor

“Keep Far From a Bad Neighbor” 18 Cheshvan 5777 • Vayeira • November 19, 2016 Rabbi Alexander Davis I haven’t been to a Vikings game to know if they do the wave. But I imagine it would be pretty cool looking in the new stadium. The wave is not only fun, it is contagious. It first appeared in 1986 at a World Cup soccer tournament...

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A Woman Reciting Kaddish?! Praying For Peace

“A Woman Reciting Kaddish?! Praying For Peace” 20 Tishrei 5777 • Chol Hamoed Sukkot • October 22, 2016 Rabbi Alexander Davis Shabbat Shalom, I want to take you back for a moment to the funeral of Shimon Peres. I spoke a bit about him at Yizkor on Yom Kippur. But there was something noteworthy at his funeral that may have gone under your radar screen....

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