Quotes and Readings of the Day


Today's Bible Reading
previous Isaiah 28:9-22

‘Whom will he teach knowledge,
and to whom will he explain the message?
Those who are weaned from milk,
those taken from the breast?
For it is precept upon precept, precept upon precept,
line upon line, line upon line,
here a little, there a little.’

Truly, with stammering lip
and with alien tongue
he will speak to this people,
to whom he has said,
‘This is rest;
give rest to the weary;
and this is repose’;
yet they would not hear.
Therefore the word of the Lord will be to them,
‘Precept upon precept, precept upon precept,
line upon line, line upon line,
here a little, there a little’;
in order that they may go, and fall backwards,
and be broken, and snared, and taken.

Therefore hear the word of the Lord, you scoffers
who rule this people in Jerusalem.
Because you have said, ‘We have made a covenant with death,
and with Sheol we have an agreement;
when the overwhelming scourge passes through
it will not come to us;
for we have made lies our refuge,
and in falsehood we have taken shelter’;
therefore thus says the Lord God,
See, I am laying in Zion a foundation stone,
a tested stone,
a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation:
‘One who trusts will not panic.’
And I will make justice the line,
and righteousness the plummet;
hail will sweep away the refuge of lies,
and waters will overwhelm the shelter.
Then your covenant with death will be annulled,
and your agreement with Sheol will not stand;
when the overwhelming scourge passes through
you will be beaten down by it.
As often as it passes through, it will take you;
for morning by morning it will pass through,
by day and by night;
and it will be sheer terror to understand the message.
For the bed is too short to stretch oneself on it,
and the covering too narrow to wrap oneself in it.
For the Lord will rise up as on Mount Perazim,
he will rage as in the valley of Gibeon
to do his deed—strange is his deed!—
and to work his work—alien is his work!
Now therefore do not scoff,
or your bonds will be made stronger;
for I have heard a decree of destruction
from the Lord God of hosts upon the whole land.

Today's Torah Reading
previous Genesis 45:8-45:18

So, it was not you who sent me here, but God; and He has made me a father to Pharaoh, lord of all his household, and ruler over the whole land of Egypt.

"Now, hurry back to my father and say to him: Thus says your son Joseph, 'God has made me lord of all Egypt; come down to me without delay. You will dwell in the region of Goshen, where You will be near me--you and your children and your grandchildren, your flocks and herds, and all that is yours. There I will provide for you--for there are yet five years of famine to come--that you and your household and all that is yours may not suffer want.' You can see for yourselves, and my brother Benjamin for himself, that it is indeed I who am speaking to You. And you must tell my father everything about my high station in Egypt and all that you have seen; and bring my father here with all speed."

With that he embraced his brother Benjamin around the neck and wept, and Benjamin wept on his neck. He kissed all his brothers and wept upon them; only then were his brothers able to talk to him.

The news reached Pharaoh's palace: "Joseph's brothers have come." Pharaoh and his courtiers were pleased. And Pharaoh said to Joseph, "Say to your brothers, 'Do as follows: load up your beasts and go at once to the land of Canaan. Take your father and your households and come to me; I will give you the best of the land of Egypt and you shall live off the fat of the land.'


From Parshat VaYigash. From THE TANAKH: The New JPS Translation According to the Traditional Hebrew Text. Copyright 1985 by the Jewish Publication Society. Used by permission.

Angel Quote of the Day


Finding your Guardian Angel Is harder than you think... I know it's always with me But I can't see it till I blink...

-Lisa Brennan,
"My Guardian Angel"

From "Angels Around Us." Compiled by Karen Maguire. Reprinted by arrangement with Andrews McMeel Publishing.

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Buddhist Quote of the Day


To study the buddha way is to study the self. To study the self is to forget the self. To forget the self is to be actualized by myriad things. When actualized by myriad things, your body and mind as well as the bodies and minds of others drop away. No trace of realization remains, and this no-trace continues endlessly.

-Dogen, "Actualizing the Fundamental Point"

From "Teachings of the Buddha," edited by Jack Kornfield, 1993. Reprinted by arrangement with Shambhala Publications, Boston, www.shambhala.com.

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Celebrity Quote of the Day


Everything's in the mind. That's where it all starts. Knowing what you want is the first step toward getting it.

-Mae West

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Christian Quote of the Day


Choosing to be positive and having a grateful attitude is a whole cliché, but your attitude is going to determine how you’re going to live your life.

-Joel Osteen

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Eco-Tip of the Day


Avoid products that are packaged for one use such as individually wrapped snacks or bottled drinks.

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Emotional Health Quote of the Day


To admit you were wrong is to declare you are wiser now than before.


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Evangelical Quote of the Day


My only hope is that I shall be clothed with the righteousness of Jesus Christ.

-M. Lloyd-Jones

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Health Quote of the Day


There is a plan to the universe. There is a higher intelligence, maybe even a purpose, but it's given to us on the installment plan.

-Isaac Bashevis Singer

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Hindu Quote of the Day


Of all a man's blessings we know of none greater than The begetting of children endowed with intelligence. Those who bear children of blameless character Will themselves be born seven times, untouched by evil. It is said that children are a man's real wealth, And that this wealth is determined by his deeds.

Tirukkural 7:61-63

Excerpted from the Tirukkural, translated by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami. Copyright Himalayan Academy Publications, www.himalayanacademy.com.

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Holistic Living Quote of the Day


Teach us to care and not to care
Teach us to sit still.

-T.S. Eliot

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Inspiration Quote of the Day


Love is an act of faith, and whoever is of little faith is also of little love.

-Erich Fromm

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Judaism Quote of the Day


To be a person of truth, be swayed neither by approval nor disapproval. Work at not needing approval from anyone and you will be free to be who you really are.

-Rabbi Nachman of Breslov

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Muslim Quote of the Day


Indeed hunger is the king of medicines: listen, take hunger to heart, don’t regard it with such contempt. Everything unsweet is made sweet by hunger: without hunger even delicacies have no savor.

-Rumi, "Mathnawi" [V, 2832-2833]

From "Jewels of Remembrance," by Rumi, selected and translated by Camille and Kabir Helminski, © 1996. By arrangement with Shambhala Publications, Inc., Boston, www.shambhala.com.

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Relationship Quote of the Day


A faithful friend is an image of God.

-French Proverb

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December 22, 2014
Tefilat HaDerekh (Traveler's Prayer)
Hugh and Gayle Prather
May it be Your will, Hashem, our God and the God of our ancestors, that You lead us toward peace, guide our footsteps toward peace, and make us reach our desired destination for life, gladness, and peace. May you rescue us from the hand of every foe, ambush along the way, and from all manner of punishments that assemble to come to earth. May You send blessing in our handiwork, and grant us grace, kindness, and mercy in Your eyes and in the eyes of all who see us. May You hear the sound of our humble request because You are God Who hears prayer requests. Blessed are You, Hashem, Who hears prayer.
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