Quotes and Readings of the Day


Today's Bible Reading
previous Mark 7:1-23

Now when the Pharisees gathered together to him, with some of the scribes, who had come from Jerusalem, they saw that some of his disciples ate with hands defiled, that is, unwashed. (For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, do not eat unless they wash their hands, observing the tradition of the elders; and when they come from the market place, they do not eat unless they purify themselves; and there are many other traditions which they observe, the washing of cups and pots and vessels of bronze.)

And the Pharisees and the scribes asked him, "Why do your disciples not live according to the tradition of the elders, but eat with hands defiled?" And he said to them, "Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written, `This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the precepts of men.' You leave the commandment of God, and hold fast the tradition of men."

And he said to them, "You have a fine way of rejecting the commandment of God, in order to keep your tradition! For Moses said, 'Honor your father and your mother'; and, `He who speaks evil of father or mother, let him surely die'; but you say, 'If a man tells his father or his mother, What you would have gained from me is Corban' (that is, given to God) -- then you no longer permit him to do anything for his father or mother, thus making void the word of God through your tradition which you hand on. And many such things you do."

And he called the people to him again, and said to them, "Hear me, all of you, and understand: there is nothing outside a man which by going into him can defile him; but the things which come out of a man are what defile him."

And when he had entered the house, and left the people, his disciples asked him about the parable. And he said to them, "Then are you also without understanding? Do you not see that whatever goes into a man from outside cannot defile him, since it enters, not his heart but his stomach, and so passes on?" (Thus he declared all foods clean.) And he said, "What comes out of a man is what defiles a man. For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, fornication, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, licentiousness, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a man."


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 Leviticus 21:16-22:16

The Lord spoke further to Moses: Speak to Aaron and say: No man of your offspring throughout the ages who has a defect shall be qualified to offer the food of his God. No one at all who has a defect shall be qualified: no man who is blind, or lame, or has a limb too short or too long; no man who has a broken leg or a broken arm; or who is a hunchback, or a dwarf, or who has a growth in his eye, or who has a boil-scar, or scurvy, or crushed testes. No man among the offspring of Aaron the priest who has a defect shall be qualified to offer the Lord's offering by fire; having a defect, he shall not be qualified to offer the food of his God. He may eat of the food of his God, of the most holy as well as of the holy; but he shall not enter behind the curtain or come near the altar, for he has a defect. He shall not profane these places sacred to Me, for I the Lord have sanctified them.

Thus Moses spoke to Aaron and his sons and to all the Israelites.

The Lord spoke to Moses, saying: Instruct Aaron and his sons to be scrupulous about the sacred donations that the Israelite people consecrate to Me, lest they profane My holy name, Mine the Lord's. Say to them:

Throughout the ages, if any man among your offspring, while in a state of uncleanness, partakes of any sacred donation that the Israelite people may consecrate to the Lord, that person shall be cut off from before Me: I am the Lord. No man of Aaron's offspring who has an eruption or a discharge shall eat of the sacred donations until he is clean. If one touches anything made unclean by a corpse, or if a man has an emission of semen, or if a man touches any swarming thing by which he is made unclean or any human being by whom he is made unclean--whatever his uncleanness--the person who touches such shall be unclean until evening and shall not eat of the sacred donations unless he has washed his body in water. As soon as the sun sets, he shall be clean; and afterward he may eat of the sacred donations, for they are his food. He shall not eat anything that died or was torn by beasts, thereby becoming unclean: I am the Lord. They shall keep My charge, lest they incur guilt thereby and die for it, having committed profanation: I the Lord consecrate them.

No lay person shall eat of the sacred donations. No bound or hired laborer of a priest shall eat of the sacred donations; but a person who is a priest's property by purchase may eat of them; and those that are born into his household may eat of his food.

If a priest's daughter marries a layman, she may not eat of the sacred gifts; but if the priest's daughter is widowed or divorced and without offspring, and is back in her father's house as in her youth, she may eat of her father's food. No lay person may eat of it: but if a man eats of a sacred donation unwittingly, he shall pay the priest for the sacred donation, adding one-fifth of its value. But [the priests] must not allow the Israelites to profane the sacred donations that they set aside for the Lord, or to incur guilt requiring a penalty payment, by eating such sacred donations: for it is I the Lord who make them sacred.


From Parshat Emor. 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


Without ceasing, the angels praise and glorify God. Because they were created to praise him, their endless worship is supernaturally natural.

-David Connolly,
“In Search of Angels”

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Buddhist Quote of the Day


It is easy to keep things at a distance. It is harder to be aloof of them.


From "The Pocket Zen Reader," edited by Thomas Cleary, 1999. Reprinted by arrangement with Shambhala Publications, Boston, www.shambhala.com.

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Celebrity Quote of the Day


Remember, that of all the elements that comprise a human being, the most important, the most essential, the one that will sustain, transcend, overcome and vanquish obstacles is Spirit!

-Buddy Ebsen

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Christian Quote of the Day


The great thing to remember is that, though our feelings come and go, God’s love for us does not.

-C.S. Lewis

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Eco-Tip of the Day


Dispose of antifreeze and motor oil are poisonous chemicals which can cause environmental damage if disposed of improperly. Discard them at specified toxic disposal sites.

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Emotional Health Quote of the Day


What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?

-Vincent Van Gogh

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Evangelical Quote of the Day


The god of greed is a cheat. His delights have the power to dazzle and excite but they can satisfy nobody.

-John White

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Health Quote of the Day


When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.

-Franklin D. Roosevelt

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Hindu Quote of the Day


The nature of a soil is known by the seedlings that sprout. Even so, the nature of a man's family is known by the words he speaks. Those desiring greatness must desire modesty. And those seeking their family's honor must seek to be respectful to all.

Tirukkural 96: 959-960

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


Your surroundings, home, personal care, pets, clothing, and body are all reflections of how you see and express yourself. Do these reflect your true self?

-Christiane Northrup, M.D.

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Inspiration Quote of the Day


Nobody sees a flower, really--it is so small we haven't time, and to see takes time.

-Georgia O'Keefe

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Judaism Quote of the Day


If you want to help pull a friend out of the mire, don't hesitate to get a little dirty.

-Rabbi Israel ben Eliezer (the Baal Shem Tov)

Reprinted from 'A Treasury of Jewish Quotations,'edited by Joseph L. Baron, Jason Aronson Inc.

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Muslim Quote of the Day


A group of men came to Rabi'a in order to test her. They said: 'Virtues and special gifts have been bestowed on men, not women. The crown of nobility has been placed on the heads of men, and the belt of generosity has been tied around their waists. The gift of prophesy has never descended on any woman. What can you boast of?' Rabi'a replied: 'I shall not dispute what you say. Yet women are less prone to pride, egoism and self-worship; they are less liable to think highly of themselves. And they do not so readily exploit others for their own pleasure.'

-Attar, "Rabi'a"

From "366 Readings From Islam," translated by Robert Van der Weyer. Copyright 2000. All rights reserved. Used with permission of John Hunt Publishing, United Kingdom.

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Relationship Quote of the Day


Love of God is the root, love of our neighbor the fruit of the Tree of Life. Neither can exist without the other, but the one is cause and the other effect.

-William Temple

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January 26, 2015
Taking Refuge
A Buddhist expresses his intention of taking the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha as his refuge by repeating the following lines three times:

"I go to the Buddha for refuge.
I go to the Dharma for refuge.
I go to the Sangha for refuge."