Torah Lishma, Torah For Its Own Sake

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Praying With our Feet

on Friday, 25 May 2012. Posted in Rabbi Marshall's Articles

The ORacle, June-July 2012 Issue

I don’t want your fast and your sacrifice. I want you to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—when you see the naked, to
clothe him, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood.”    --Isaiah 58:5-7

Temple Beth Or recently received a grant through Seattle University’s School of Theology and Ministry to address the crisis of family homelessness.

Mitzvah Corps

on Wednesday, 25 April 2012. Posted in Rabbi Marshall's Articles

The ORacle, May 2012 Issue

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Moses' father-­in-­law said to him, "Why do you sit by yourself alone, and all the people come to you from morning to evening? And, Moses said to his father-in-law, "Because the people come to me to inquire of God, when they have a matter, they come to me." And Moses' father-in law said to him, "The thing that you do is not good. You will surely wear yourself out, and the people as well. For the task is too heavy for you, you cannot do it alone. You shall seek out chiefs and let them judge the people at all seasons. Make it easier for yourself, and they shall bear the burden with you."

Avadim Hayinu, We Were Slaves

on Friday, 13 April 2012. Posted in Rabbi Marshall's Sermons

Passover 2012

One week ago, many of us sat down to Passover Seders, and we began our retelling with the proclamation, “Avadim Hayinu,” We were slaves to Pharaoh in Egypt. We don’t begin our people’s history with heroic tales, or our righteous patriarchs, we begin with the tale of slaves.

Personalizing Pesach

on Sunday, 01 April 2012. Posted in Rabbi Marshall's Articles

The ORacle, April 2012

In a few days we will have the opportunity to journey from a narrow place to one of expansiveness. This year, consider a few creative additions to your Seder--ways to personalize it and invite group discussion.

An Opportunity to Reclaim

on Friday, 23 March 2012. Posted in Rabbi Marshall's Sermons

Parshat Vayikra

Animal sacrifices: bloody, barbaric, violent, primitive.   Parshat Vayikra is filled with details of this ritual. The burnt offering, grain offering, and blood offering serve communal and individual purposes, both mandatory and optional. For instance, the hattat, sin offering is for failure to fulfill an oath, and the asham, guilt offering, is for unintentional violations and as well as committing robbery or fraud.

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