Rabbi Marshall's Articles

A Time of Reflection and Introspection

on Friday, 20 July 2012. Posted in Rabbi Marshall's Articles

The ORacle, August 2012 Issue

The Hebrew month of Elul begins August 17. The entire month of Elul, the month before Rosh HaShanah, is a time of reflection and introspection. A chance to reflect on the past year, sensitize ourselves to our mistakes and strive to rectify them. The Yamim Noraim, Days of Awe, are a time to re-orient ourselves — to reconnect with the person we aspire to be — the mother, father, partner, sibling, and friend we want to be for others, and the complete individual we seek to be in our thoughts, deeds, and speech. But we cannot return to our true path unless we are prepared to search. This soul searching is reflected in the name of the Hebrew month itself, for Elul means searching in Aramaic.

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

Note: You can now join our Caring Community Network to coordinate with other volunteers and be notified of Caring Community activities and events.

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."

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.

Our New Campus

on Thursday, 01 March 2012. Posted in Rabbi Marshall's Articles

The ORacle, March 2012 Purim Issue

While some might scoff at presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich’s aspirations to colonize the moon, there are many congregants in our Temple Beth Or k’hilah who see great possibility in this endeavor. Consider the potential for new members on earth’s satellite. Think of the outreach to unaffiliated families this new frontier could provide!

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