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“Guard Your Tongue” – Weekly Words of Torah from Rabbi Davis – August 9, 2019

  Shalom Chaverim I spoke to you last week about sinat chinam. The rabbis famously teach that the Second Temple was destroyed because of baseless hatred. Internal strife between Jewish groups weakened Jewish society so much so that they could not withstand the external threat of the Romans. Significantly, some commentaries on the Talmud focus less on the emotion of hatred and more on its...

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Plowing with Love and Doubt – Weekly Words of Torah from Rabbi Davis – August 2, 2019

  Shalom Chaverim When my kids were young and we’d have dinner, one of them would inevitably say something like, “I hate broccoli.” And I’d say back to them, “you can just say ‘no thank you.’ And at some point during the day, one of the kids would inevitably say to his brother, “I hate you.” And I’d ask him to find a different word...

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A Call For Civil Discourse – A Weekly Letter from Rabbi Davis – July 17, 2019

Shalom Chaverim I have spent a few days this week visiting Camp Ramah. (In a week, I’ll go up to Herzl.) With limited cell phone coverage, I missed what I understand has been a very difficult week at home. Nevertheless, allow me to share some thoughts. As you may know, earlier in the week Rabbi Olitzky posted a message of support for Rep Ilhan Omar...

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Summer Flowers – A Weekly Letter From Rabbi Davis – July 12, 2019

Shalom Chaverim Before we headed out of town on vacation, I asked the children who live next door to water our flowerpots outside while we were gone. I left them written instructions and they willingly agreed. In years past, we’ve lost our beautiful summer planting when we’ve failed to make these arrangements. Throughout the Netherlands, we saw tulip bulbs for sale in stores.  We saw...

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The Pledge in St. Louis Park – A Weekly Letter by Rabbi Davis – July 5, 2019

Shalom Chaverim, I have spent the last two weeks travelling in Europe. I went to celebrate my niece’s bat mitzvah and added some vacation on to the family time. Upon returning, I was surprised to find our St Louis Park community embroiled in a self-made controversy. As I am sure you know, the City Council decided to drop the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance...

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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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