The 77% Weekly
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From the desk of Rabbi Brian


Thank you for the help

Here is a story I quite like and want to share:


A little boy asks his mother, “Do you think I can lift that large rock over there.”

“Yes,” says the mother, “I am certain you can lift it if you use all of your strength.”

The boy saunters over to the rock, attempts to lift it, but is unable.

“I couldn’t do it,” he reports to his mother.

“But you didn’t use all your strength,” the wise woman remarks.

He leans down, grunts, and still is unsuccessful.

“I used all my strength that time, but I still couldn’t,” he says.

“To use all your strength,” the mother says while leaning down to pick up the rock with him, “sometimes means asking for help.”

Thank you for your help.

Your help made The 77% Weekly. (I costs about $100 an issue to put out.)

Your help made the ROTB podcasts.

Your help added subscribers when you told your friends.

And, this year, your help eased the burden for a little boy named Brandon and his mom as they face an even more challenging time ahead.

Here’s a special thank you to those who made these things happen by means of financial contributions to Religion-Outside-The-Box in 2010: (Alphabetically, by first name)

A Good Man · Agent Xray · Alex Kozmanuik · Alexis Rhone · Alice Schlesinger & Tom Nooter · Allison Patterson · Altschul Family · Anita Lake · Anne and Larry Lincoln · Anonymous (x 5) · Arthur Toretzky · Bettina Gruver · Bonnie Crane · Brad Turner · Brendon, Michelle + two · Brian Dycke · Caroline Despard · Carolyn Boyd · Carolyn Liesy · Casey Heeg & His Super Family · Catherine Cromey · Catherine Schaus · Christina DeCurtis · Cindy Tollin · Cindy Tollin · Dallas & Shannon Sonnier · Dana Findley · Dave Shirazi · David Matthews · David S Thompson · David Zimmerman · Dean Jonasson · Debbie Reilly · Dorothy Betts · Doug Cox · Douglas Turner · Drs. Marcel and Fabiola Nimni · Elizabeth Grannan · Elsa Lam · Erik Hartog & Pamela Heller · Erin Stevens · Frank Parce · Frank Woodbeck · Jack Koziol · James  E Mclelland · Jan Taylor · Jennie Clement · Jennifer Schwartz · Joelle Garfinkel · Joseph Recchia · Josh Lippman · Joshua Bleier · Judith Keane · Judith Susan Sher · Julie Klee · Julie Lang · Juris Grasis · Karen Barnes · Karen Smart · Katheen Wood · Katherine Olver · Kathleen Wood · Kathryn McClure · Kathy Murray · Kevin Holland · Krista Elkin · Kristina Maus · Larry & Virgina Keene · Laura C Botsford · Laurie Stansfield · Leah Sullivan · Leslie Route · Linda Crosfield · Linden Cook · Lisanna Sullivan · Lois Mosgrove · Lynn Goldklang · Mandy Doerksen · Margot Steward · Marilyn & Morris Sands · Mark & Diane-Colette Feldstein · Mark & Lisa Martone · Marla Kaseff · Mary Lou and Bob Wallner · Matthew Kibrick · Maureen Macdougall · Maurice Frank · Melise Sears · Michael Burns · Michele Doherty · Mickey Littmann · Mitch, Don, & Danny Blum & Lively · Monica Farrell · Nancy M. Greene · Natasha Kaul · Noelle Spotton · Pacific Spirit Quilts · Pat Stamp · Patricia Oster · Patricia Sloan · Paula Brownstein · Penelope and Jay Hodes · Please do not list our names, thank you · Priscilla Linsley · Rabbi Brian’s parents · Rita & Paul Heffron · Robert & Lauren Windom · Robert Beuth & Terry Frias · Roberta Wegner · Robin Shanker & Joe Anzelmo · Russ Anderson & Dan Karslake · Ruth Zimmerman · Sandy Lucs · Sara Lowry · Sharon Allen · Sheila Clark · Sherrin Hill · Someone · Steven Billig · Susan Benson · Susan Forbes · Susan Lerner · Suzanne D Green Mullin · Terry Toews · The Gordon / Liberman Clan · The Martone Family in Minnesota · Thomas Sanger · Todd & Brina Stevens · Toni Garrett · Virginia Torney · Zarah Walpole

And a special thank you to those who filled the Target wish list for Brandon and his mom. We will be delivering the gifts soon and give all of you an update. Thank you!

Amy Morton · Aurora R. Millstein · Brian Dycke · Brian Stanley & Jill Kappe · Catherine Handelman · Cory Bragar · Emily Le Blanc · Jamie Mayer · Jean Gilbert · Jess Leroy · Justin Connors · Lara Trinkler · Laura C. Botsford · Megan E. Smith · Natasha Kaul · Paige Selby · Priscilla Linsley · R. J. Shanker · Rama K. Nadella · Susan Casmier · Susan Hamel · Susie Mintie · Virginia Bazyk · Virginia Bazyk · (Those who gave financial contributions to Brandon and his mom through ROTB were listed in the first list.)

Click here if I omitted you. (I’m terribly embarrassed if that happened.)

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With love,

Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian

The 77% Weekly

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Two reasons:
1) 40/52 = 0.76923. The newsletter is sent every Monday except the last of each month.
2) In school 77% was a passing grade and ROTB is delighted to remind you that life isn’t graded.

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