Quotes and Readings of the Day


Today's Bible Reading
previous Matthew 25:31-46

"When the Son of man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate them one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and he will place the sheep at his right hand, but the goats at the left. Then the King will say to those at his right hand, 'Come, O blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.'

"Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see thee hungry and feed thee, or thirsty and give thee drink? And when did we see thee a stranger and welcome thee, or naked and clothe thee? And when did we see thee sick or in prison and visit thee?' And the King will answer them, 'Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me.'

"Then he will say to those at his left hand, 'Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.' Then they also will answer, `Lord, when did we see thee hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to thee?'

"Then he will answer them, 'Truly, I say to you, as you did it not to one of the least of these, you did it not to me.' And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life."


From the Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright 1946, 1952, 1971 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA. Used by permission.

Today's Torah Reading
previous Genesis 37:1-37:11

Now Jacob was settled in the land where his father had sojourned, the land of Canaan. This, then, is the line of Jacob:

At seventeen years of age, Joseph tended the flocks with his brothers, as a helper to the sons of his father's wives Bilhah and Zilpah. And Joseph brought bad reports of them to their father. Now Israel loved Joseph best of all his sons, for he was the child of his old age; and he had made him an ornamented tunic. And when his brothers saw that their father loved him more than any of his brothers, they hated him so that they could not speak a friendly word to him.

Once Joseph had a dream which he told to his brothers; and they hated him even more. He said to them, "Hear this dream which I have dreamed: There we were binding sheaves in the field, when suddenly my sheaf stood up and remained upright; then your sheaves gathered around and bowed low to my sheaf" His brothers answered, "Do you mean to reign over us? Do you mean to rule over us?" And they hated him even more for his talk about his dreams.

He dreamed another dream and told it to his brothers, saying, "Look, I have had another dream: And this time, the sun, the moon, and eleven stars were bowing, down to me." And when he told it to his father and brothers, his father berated him. "What," he said to him, "is this dream you have dreamed? Are we to come, I and your mother and your brothers, and bow low to you to the ground?" So his brothers were wrought up at him, and his father kept the matter in mind.


From Parshat Vayeshev. 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


Not on the limb, O angel dear! For the charm with its youth will disappear; Not on the cheek shall the dimple be; For the harboring smile will fade and flee; But touch thou the chin with an impress deep, And my baby the angel's seal shall keep.

-Josiah G. Holland,
"Where Shall the Baby's Dimple Be?"

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

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Buddhist Quote of the Day


It is crucial for you to understand what meditation is. It is not some special posture, and it's not just a set of mental exercises. Meditation is the cultivation of mindfulness and the application of that mindfulness once cultivated. You do not have to sit to meditate. You can meditate while washing the dishes. You can meditate in the shower, or roller skating, or typing letters. Meditation is awareness, and it must be applied to each and every activity of one's life. This isn't easy.

-Henepola Gunaratana, "Mindfulness in Plain English"

From "365 Buddha: Daily Meditations," edited by Jeff Schmidt. Reprinted by arrangement with Tarcher/Putnam, a division of Penguin Putnam Inc.

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Celebrity Quote of the Day


I have always grown from my problems and challenges, from the things that don't work out. That's when I've really learned.

-Carol Burnett

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Christian Quote of the Day


You change your life by changing your heart.

-Max Lucado

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Eco-Tip of the Day


Do you often find yourself turning your faucet on all the way to get a strong stream (for example, when you're rinsing dishes)? Pick up an aerator for the faucet. It'll use air to make the stream more powerful, instead of wasting water.

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Emotional Health Quote of the Day


The farther a man knows himself to be free from perfection, the nearer he is to it.

-Gerard Groote

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Evangelical Quote of the Day


The great secret of a life of faith is… to hang upon Jesus daily; to go to Him in every trial; to cast upon Him every burden; to take the infirmity, the corruption, the cross, as it rises, simply and immediately to Jesus.

-Octavius Winslow

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Health Quote of the Day


We are not human beings on a spiritual journey. We are spiritual beings on a human journey.

-Stephen Covey

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Hindu Quote of the Day


Those who find Divine Truth in this world Follow a path which never comes back to this world. Those who think with certitude and ponder well that which is, Need never think of being born again.

Tirukkural 36: 356-357

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


If there is any peace it will come through being, not having.

-Henry Miller

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Inspiration Quote of the Day


Out of your vulnerabilities will come your strength.

-Sigmund Freud

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Judaism Quote of the Day


Before he died, Rabbi Zusya said: "In the world to come they will not ask me, 'Why were you not Moses?' "They will ask me, 'Why were you not Zusya?'"

-Legend about Hasidic Rabbi Zusya of Hanipoli

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Muslim Quote of the Day


The Merciful is kind to those who are merciful. If you show compassion to your fellow creatures in this world, then those in heaven shall be compassionate toward you.

-Hadith The Prophet Muhammad (SAW), as narrated by Abd'Allah bin Amr

The Prophet Muhammad (SAW), as narrated by Abd'Allah bin Amr

From "The Bounty of Allah." Hadith translated by Aneela Khalid Arshed. Copyright 1999. All rights reserved. Used with permission of The Crossroad Publishing Company, New York.

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Relationship Quote of the Day


I love people. I love my family, my children . . . but inside myself is a place where I live all alone and that's where you renew your springs that never dry up.

-Pearl S. Buck

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April 18, 2015
Blessing for Sukkot
Blessed are You, O Lord our God, King of the universe, Who has kept us in life, and has preserved us, and enabled us to reach this season.
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