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Today's Torah Reading
previous next Exodus 20:15-20:23

All the people witnessed the thunder and lightning, the blare of the horn and the mountain smoking; and when the people saw it, they fell back and stood at a distance. "You speak to us," they said to Moses, "and we will obey; but let not God speak to us, lest we die." Moses answered the people, "Be not afraid; for God has come only in order to test you, and in order that the fear of Him may be ever with you, so that you do not go astray." So the people remained at a distance, while Moses approached the thick cloud where God was.

The Lord said to Moses: Thus shall you say to the Israelites: You yourselves saw that I spoke to you from the very heavens: With Me, therefore, you shall not make any gods of silver, nor shall you make for yourselves any gods of gold. Make for Me an altar of earth and sacrifice on it your burnt offerings and your sacrifices of well-being, your sheep and your oxen; in every place where I cause My name to be mentioned I will come to you and bless you. And if you make for Me an altar of stones, do not build it of hewn stones; for by wielding your tool upon them you have profaned them. Do not ascend My altar by steps, that your nakedness may not be exposed upon it.

NRSV

From Parshat Yitro. 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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All those angels running Picking up the pieces Putting back together hearts broke long ago. I know a good thing when I see it And it’s a bad thing to let go.

-Patty Larkin,
"Good Thing"


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

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Buddhist Quote of the Day

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From this point on you really know. This is called the pinnacle of Zen, the sovereignty of Zen. It is also called knowledge of what is knowable; it produces all the various states of meditation, and anoints the heads of all spiritual princes. In all fields of form, sound, fragrance, flavor, feeling, and phenomena, you realize complete perfect enlightenment. Inside and outside are in complete communion, without any obstruction at all.

-Pai-chang, "The Sphere of the Enlightened"


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

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Hindu Quote of the Day

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God is Consciousness that pervades the entire universe of the living and the non-living.

Ramakrishna

Reprinted with permission from "The Wisdom of the Hindu Gurus," edited by Timothy Freke, published by Godsfield Press. The book can be purchased online through Amazon.

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Inspiration Quote of the Day

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The race is not always to the swift, but to those who keep on running.

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Judaism Quote of the Day

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When you are annoyed by something you could not avoid, don't aggravate it by useless worry.

-Mendel Lefin, Heshbon HaNefesh


Reprinted 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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Strengthen me, my lord, for I am overcome with feebleness. Ennoble me once more, for I have been cast down. Sustain me, Lord, for I am impoverished.

-From the prayer book "Al-Hizbul-A'zam"


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

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Norris Chumley Tip of the Day

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Love the moment, and the energy of that moment will spread beyond all boundaries.

-Corita Kent


TAGS: Inspiration Quote, Energy, Moment Wil, Appreciation, Growth, Corita Kent

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January 26, 2008
For All Women Who Contemplate Abortion
Beliefnet member Maiden
Fricka, Lady of childbirth, please be with all women facing this trying and painful decision. It is no simple thing to chose death or life for yourself or a child, and making a mistake is so easy to do. Please, Lady who knows all but reveals naught, Take care of these women and those who love them.

And May It Be So.
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