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Today's Torah Reading
previous next Leviticus 16:34; Numbers 29:7-11

This is the second half of the reading on the morning of Yom Kippur, October 9, 2008. The complete Torah reading is Leviticus 16:1-34 and Numbers 29:7-11.

When he has finished purging the Shrine, the Tent of Meeting, and the altar, the live goat shall be brought forward. Aaron shall lay both his hands upon the head of the live goat and confess over it all the iniquities and transgressions of the Israelites, whatever their sins, putting them on the head of the goat; and it shall be sent off to the wilderness through a designated man. Thus the goat shall carry on it all their iniquities to an inaccessible region; and the goat shall be set free in the wilderness.
And Aaron shall go into the Tent of Meeting, take off the linen vestments that he put on when he entered the Shrine, and leave them there. He shall bathe his body in water in the holy precinct and put on his vestments; then he shall come out and offer his burnt offering and the burnt offering of the people, making expiation for himself and for the people. The fat of the sin offering he shall turn into smoke on the altar.

He who set the Azazel-goat free shall wash his clothes and bathe his body in water; after that he may reenter the camp.

The bull of sin offering and the goat of sin offering whose blood was brought in to purge the Shrine shall be taken outside the camp; and their hides, flesh, and dung shall be consumed in fire. He who burned them shall wash his clothes and bathe his body in water; after that he may re-enter the camp.
And this shall be to you a law for all time: In the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month, you shall practice self-denial; and you shall do no manner of work, neither the citizen nor the alien who resides among you. For on this day atonement shall be made for you to cleanse you of all your sins; you shall be clean before the Lord. It shall be a sabbath of complete rest for you, and you shall practice self-denial; it is a law for all time.

The priest who has been anointed and ordained to serve as priest in place of his father shall make expiation. He shall put on the linen vestments, the sacral vestments. He shall purge the innermost Shrine; he shall purge the Tent of Meeting and the altar; and he shall make expiation for the priests and for all the people of the congregation.

This shall be to you a law for all time: to make atonement for the Israelites for all their sins once a year.

And Moses did as the Lord had commanded him.
And Moses did as the Lord had commanded him.

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On the tenth day of the same seventh month you shall observe a sacred occasion when you shall practice self-denial. You shall do no work. You shall present to the Lord a burnt offering of pleasing odor: one bull of the herd, one ram, seven yearling lambs; see that they are without blemish. The meal offering with them--of choice flour with oil mixed in--shall be: three-tenths of a measure for a bull, two-tenths for the one ram, one-tenth for each of the seven lambs. And there shall be one goat for a sin offering, in addition to the sin offering of expiation and the regular burnt offering with its meal offering, each with its libation.

NRSV

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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There's a song that one sings called "Shalom Aleichem/ Welcome to Peace"...a song of welcome to the angels--which come in to help you keep the Sabbath, to protect you for this holy twenty-four hours during which you pull yourself out of the world and you come in to the "divine presence."

-Joan Borysenko


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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Clinging to sense pleasures, to sensual ties, Seeing in fetters nothing to be blamed, Never will those tied down by fetters Cross the flood so wide and great.

-Udana


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

Celebrity Quote of the Day

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What most people perceive as energy is really strength of spirit. It comes from the joy of knowing God, loving Him, and being loved by Him.

-Kathie Lee Gifford


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Christian Quote of the Day

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[B]elieve God’s favor is something intangible where you’ve got God’s blessings on your lives.

-Joel Osteen


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Eco-Tip of the Day

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Add a little romance to your life! Install dimmer switches on your lights. Not only will they extend the life of your bulbs and lower your electric bill, but they'll set the mood for cozy dinners.

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Emotional Health Quote of the Day

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Through humor, you can soften some of the worst blows that life delivers. And once you find laughter, no matter how painful your situation might be, you can survive it.

-Bill Cosby


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Evangelical Quote of the Day

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Salt, when dissolved in water, may disappear, but it does not cease to exist. We can be sure of its presence by tasting the water. Likewise, the indwelling Christ, though unseen, will be made evident to others from the love which he imparts to us.

-Sadhu Sundar Singh


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Health Quote of the Day

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Have you ever noticed that Jesus is never recorded as taking a holiday? He retired for the purposes of his mission, not from it…He was busier than anyone; the multitudes were always at him, yet he had time, for everything and everyone. He was never hurried, or harassed, or too busy. He had complete supremacy over time; he never let it dictate to him. He knew exactly when the moment had come for doing something and when it had not.

-Evelyn Underhill in "The Mastery of Time"


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Hindu Quote of the Day

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Love your true Self, Which is naturally happy And peaceful and bright! Awaken to your own nature, And all delusion melts like a dream.

Ashtavakra Gita 18:1

From The Heart of Awareness: A Translation of the Ashtavakra Gita, by Thomas Byrom, 1990. Reprinted by arrangement with Shambhala Publications, Inc., Boston. www.shambhala.com.

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Holistic Living Quote of the Day

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Thought of the Day: After you ask for guidance--Listen!

-Barbara Ann Kipfer


From Self Meditation. Reprinted with permission from Workman Publishing Inc.

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Inspiration Quote of the Day

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It's easy to make a buck, but hard to make a difference.

-Tom Brokaw


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Judaism Quote of the Day

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The Jews are like other people, only more so.

-Chaim Weizmann's dictum, quoted by Arthur Koestler


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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The words, "Praise be to Allah," are the easiest to recite, yet heaviest in balance and dearest to the Merciful.

-Hadith The Prophet Muhammad (SAW), as reported by Abu Hurairah


The Prophet Muhammad (SAW), as reported by Abu Hurairah

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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Norris Chumley Tip of the Day

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I am a big believer in healthy snacking. Eat every two hours, just a little. Instead of having junk snacks, snack on fresh fruit. It's portable, tasty, full of vitamins, low in calories and fat. And it’s accessible. You'll find fresh fruit almost everywhere. Try an apple or orange, banana, pear, peach, grapes, kiwi, tangerine. Pay attention to what your body says you want or need. Many people tell me, "Fruit's more expensive." I say "Nonsense!" Compare prices of candy bars or chips with apples and oranges. I find them about the same. Besides, isn't your health worthy of a good investment? One word of advice, though. It takes a few weeks for your body to get used to eating fruit for a snack if you've been a candy or junk food eater. Fruit is far subtler than a big sugar-jolt from candy. There's natural sugar in fruits (fructose), and that'll taste good and give you a little energy. Far better than the highly concentrated sugar found in candy and snack stuff.

-Norris Chumley


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Relationship Quote of the Day

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Only when we give joyfully, without hesitation or thought of gain, can we truly know what love means.

-Leo Buscaglia


TAGS: Relationships, Relationship Quotes, Happiness, Kindness, Truth

 10/09/2008

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Yom Kippur Confession (The Al-Chet)

For the mistakes we committed before You under duress and willingly.
For the mistakes we committed before You through having a hard heart.
For the mistakes we committed before you through things we blurted out with our lips.
For the mistake we committed before You through harsh speech.
For the mistakes we committed before You through wronging a friend.
For the mistakes we committed before You by degrading parents and teachers.
For the mistakes we committed before You by exercising power.
For the Mistakes we committed before You against those who know, and those who do not know.
For the mistakes we have committed before You through bribery.
For the mistake we have committed before You through denial and false promises.
For the mistake we have committed before You through negative speech.
For the mistakes we have committed before You with food and drink.
For the mistakes we committed before You by being arrogant.
For the mistakes we committed before You with a strong forehead (brazenness).
For the mistakes we committed before You in throwing off the yoke (i.e. refusing to accept responsibility).
For the mistakes we committed before You through jealousy (lit: 'a begrudging eye').
For the mistakes we committed before You through baseless hatred.
For the mistakes we committed before You in extending the hand.
For the mistakes we committed before You through confusion of the heart.

Source: Traditional

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