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And they came to Elim, where there were twelve springs of water and seventy palm trees; and they encamped there beside the water.

Setting out from Elim, the whole Israelite community came to the wilderness of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after their departure from the land of Egypt. In the wilderness, the whole Israelite community grumbled against Moses and Aaron. The Israelites said to them, "If only we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the fleshpots, when we ate our fill of bread! For you have brought us out into this wilderness to starve this whole congregation to death."

And the Lord said to Moses, "I will rain down bread for you from the sky, and the people shall go out and gather each day that day's portion--that I may thus test them, to see whether they will follow My instructions or not. But on the sixth day, when they apportion what they have brought in, it shall prove to be double the amount they gather each day." So Moses and Aaron said to all the Israelites, "By evening you shall know it was the Lord who brought you out from the land of Egypt; and in the morning you shall behold the Presence of the Lord, because He has heard your grumblings against the Lord. For who are we that you should grumble against us? Since it is the Lord," Moses continued, "who will give you flesh to eat in the evening and bread in the morning to the full, because the Lord has heard the grumblings you utter against Him, what is our part? Your grumbling is not against us, but against the Lord!"

Then Moses said to Aaron, "Say to the whole Israelite community: Advance toward the Lord, for He has heard your grumbling." And as Aaron spoke to the whole Israelite community, they turned toward the wilderness, and there, in a cloud, appeared the Presence of the Lord.

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From Parshat BeShelach. 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

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Every raindrop, every snowflake, every blade of grass has an angel.

-Margaret Neylon


From the book, An Angel a Day by Margaret Neylon. © Margaret Neylon 2003. Published by arrangement with Thorsons / Element.

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Buddhist Quote of the Day

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Cut down The forest of desire, Not the forest of trees. From the forest of desire Come danger & fear. Having cut down this forest & its underbrush, monks, be deforested.

-Dhammapada, 20, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.


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Celebrity Quote of the Day

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On the outside one is a star. But in reality, one is completely alone, doubting everything. To express this loneliness of soul is the hardest thing in the world.

-Brigitte Bardot


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Hindu Quote of the Day

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Considering your dharma, you should not vacillate. For a warrior, nothing is higher than a war against evil. The warrior confronted with such a war should be pleased, Arjuna, for it comes as an open gate to heaven. But if you do not participate in this battle against evil, you will incur sin, violating your dharma and your honor.

Bhagavad Gita 2:31-33

Excerpted from The Bhagavad Gita, translated by Eknath Easwaran, copyright 1985. Reprinted with permission from Nilgiri Press, www.nilgiri.org. To order the book, please call 1-800-475-2369.

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Holistic Living Quote of the Day

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Not everyone can see the truth, but everyone can be the truth.

-Franz Kafka


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Inspiration Quote of the Day

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It takes a real storm in the average person's life to make him realize how much worrying he has done over the squalls.

-Unknown


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Judaism Quote of the Day

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Who honors Torah is honored; who dishonors it is dishonored.

-Jose b. Halfta, Mishan: Abot


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

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Muslim Quote of the Day

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Poverty is not complete until one likes giving more than receiving.

-Abu Hafs Haddad in "'Attar: Tadhkirat"


From "The Wisdom of Sufism," compiled by Leonard Lewisohn. (c) 2001. Reprinted by arrangement with Oneworld Publications, Oxford, www.oneworld-publications.com.

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Norris Chumley Tip of the Day

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The whole worth of a kind deed is in the love that inspires it.

-The Talmud


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Make Me Brave for Life

God, make me brave for life: oh, braver than this.
Let me straighten after pain, as a tree straightens after the rain,
Shining and lovely again.
God, make me brave for life; much braver than this.
As the blown grass lifts, let me rise
From sorrow with quiet eyes,
Knowing Thy way is wise.
God, make me brave, life brings
Such blinding things.
Help me to keep my sight;
Help me to see aright
That out of dark comes light.

- Author Unknown

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