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Celebrating Sukkot

on Saturday, 01 October 2011. Posted in Rabbi Marshall's Articles

The ORacle, October 2011 Issue

Our Temple Beth Or Sukkot celebration is always a spirited communal gathering filled with music, stories, and the beauty of the night sky above us. This year will be no exception—we will enjoy a Shabbat dinner hosted by the membership committee and then share Shabbat in our Sukkah.

Teshuvat HaGeder: Designing Our Fences

on Wednesday, 28 September 2011. Posted in Rabbi Marshall's Sermons

Erev Rosh Hashanah 5772

I recently asked a congregant to share a personal reflection during the High Holidays. The response:

“Rabbi, when I examine myself, I realize that I come up with the same short comings year after year. It's not that I don't see any improvement at all, or that I have unrealistic expectations.

I just experience myself struggling with the same exact issues every year. And of course, they all have to do with interpersonal relationships— how can I be a better mother, a better wife, a better friend. It gets...disheartening.”

The King in the Field

on Thursday, 01 September 2011. Posted in Rabbi Marshall's Articles

The ORacle, September 2011 Issue

Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi explains the paradox of Elul with the following metaphor: The king’s usual place is in the capital city, in the royal palace. Anyone wishing to approach the king must go through the appropriate channels in the palace bureaucracy and gain the approval of a succession of royal secretaries and ministers. They must journey to the capital and pass through the many gates, corridors and antechambers that lead to the throne room. Their presentation must be meticulously prepared, and they must adhere to an exacting code of dress, speech and mannerism upon entering into the royal presence.

When is Self-Sacrifice Permissible?

on Saturday, 30 July 2011. Posted in Rabbi Marshall's Sermons

Parshat Ma’asei

 The value of human life, pikuach nefesh, prevails above all else in Judaism. A person’s survival is of highest worth…except in three cases—there are three things that Jews are commanded to refrain from even if this means being killed themselves: committing or abetting an act of murder, being a party to incest, and engaging in idol worship. // Committing or abetting an act of murder, being a party to incest, and defaming God’s name.

A Rabbinic Vision for Religious School

on Friday, 01 July 2011. Posted in Rabbi Marshall's Articles

The ORacle, July-August 2011 Issue

Teaching Torah begins with developing relationships, and this coming year at Religious School, my time with the students will focus on deepening our connections. Together, we will deepen our understanding of theology and, spirituality, and through this lens, explore Jewish identity. Therefore during my time with the students, we will examine feelings about God and what being Jewish means to them.

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