Rabbi Marshall's Sermons

Farewell Words

on Monday, 22 May 2017. Posted in Rabbi Marshall's Sermons

Floral Hall, Forest Park, Everett

Nine years ago, I sat in the Temple Beth Or sanctuary during my interview weekend. It was Sunday morning during the Q&A open to all congregants. After a full and intense weekend, and I was doing my best to wow all of you  :)     Someone asked the question if I thought my age would be a challenge, and after I responded, a certain congregant who shall remain nameless, but who had a starring role in the infamous hot tub story and is the proud papa to 6 kids said, “I don’t think it’s a challenge, I think it’s an asset.”  I remember feeling so grateful for his confidence in me and the willingness of a community to put their trust in a rabbi who was still a bit of a greenhorn.  How we’ve grown together the past 9 years…

Flight

on Monday, 14 September 2015. Posted in Rabbi Marshall's Sermons

Erev Rosh HaShanah 5776

A narrative inspired by storyteller Bobby Stoddard…

My favorite winter in Vermont will always be 1999.  A big snow year comes while I am a part-time carpenter and a full-time ski bum.  I used to hike up an abandoned ski mountain to get fresh tracks -- where nobody has skied down in front of me sullying the mountain.
It is sublime whiteness.

The True Peace We Seek

on Friday, 11 July 2014. Posted in Rabbi Marshall's Sermons

A few days ago, I sent an email to a congregant because their child was in Israel and I knew that imagining your child there amongst the violence must be incredibly scary. I received an email back, part of which I’d like to share with you:

 

Divine Reward and Punishment

on Saturday, 18 August 2012. Posted in Rabbi Marshall's Sermons

Parshat Re'eh

Moses’ thundering charge to the community from this week’s Torah portion: “See, this day I set before you blessing and curse: a blessing, if you obey the commandments of the Eternal your God which I enjoin upon you this day; and a curse, if you do not obey the commandments…”[1]

Chukat: Miriam, a Prophet of Deeds

on Friday, 29 June 2012. Posted in Rabbi Marshall's Sermons

Parshat Chukat

In this week’s parsha, one of our beloved prophets dies, who is it?

While Miriam is featured prominently in the Torah, the description of her pales in comparison to her brothers. Aaron was the Cohen Gadol, the High Priest, the link between b’nai Yisrael and the rituals needed to draw close to God. And Moses was God’s voice, transmitting all of the Eternal’s laws and lessons to the people.

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