Quotes and Readings of the Day


Today's Torah Reading
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This reading is from the special Torah reading for Shemini Atzeret. The complete Torah reading for the day is Deuteronomy 14:22-16:17 and Numbers 29:35-30:1.

You shall set aside every year a tenth part of all the yield of your sowing that is brought from the field. You shall consume the tithes of your new grain and wine and oil, and the firstlings of your herds and flocks, in the presence of the Lord your God, in the place where He will choose to establish His name, so that you may learn to revere the Lord your God forever.

Should the distance be too great for you, should you be unable to transport them, because the place where the Lord your God has chosen to establish His name is far from you and because the Lord your God has blessed you, you may convert them into money. Wrap up the money and take it with you to the place that the Lord your God has chosen, and spend the money on anything you want--cattle, sheep, wine, or other intoxicant, or anything you may desire. And you shall feast there, in the presence of the Lord your God, and rejoice with your household.

But do not neglect the Levite in your community, for he has no hereditary portion as you have. Every third year you shall bring out the full tithe of your yield of that year, but leave it within your settlements. Then the Levite, who has no hereditary portion as you have, and the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow in your settlements shall come and eat their fill, so that the Lord your God may bless you in all the enterprises you undertake.

Every seventh year you shall practice remission of debts. This shall be the nature of the remission: every creditor shall remit the due that he claims from his fellow; he shall not dun his fellow or kinsman, for the remission proclaimed is of the Lord. You may dun the foreigner; but you must remit whatever is due you from your kinsmen.

There shall be no needy among you--since the Lord your God will bless you in the land that the Lord your God is giving you as a hereditary portion--if only you heed the Lord your God and take care to keep all this Instruction that I enjoin upon you this day. For the Lord your God will bless you as He has promised you: you will extend loans to many nations, but require none yourself; you will dominate many nations, but they will not dominate you.


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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Many of us have sensed the comfort and support of angels at some time in our lives. A brush with an angel lifts us up when we’re down and inspires us when we’re discouraged.

-Camilla Marvel,
"The Joy of Angels"

From "Angels All 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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Hey you, expecting results without effort! So sensitive! So long-suffering! You, in the clutches of death, acting like an immortal! Hey sufferer, you are destroying yourself!

-Santideva, "Bodhicaryavatara"

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

Christian Quote of the Day

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Going to church doesn't make you a Christian any more than going to the garage makes you a car.

-Laurence J. Peter

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Eco-Tip of the Day

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Encourage your kids to be creative and save trees! Instead of using expensive gift wrap, wrap your presents with newspaper, and encourage the kids to draw on the paper before they bring the gift to the party!

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Emotional Health Quote of the Day

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I am not afraid of tomorrow, for I have seen yesterday and I love today.

-William Allen White

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Evangelical Quote of the Day

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Our knowledge of God must lead to a more intimate relationship with Him or we run the risk of becoming Pharisees.

-Douglas Rumford

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Health Quote of the Day

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The first wealth is health.

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Hindu Quote of the Day

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Meditation is needed Only when the mind is distracted By false imagining. Knowing this, I am here. Without joy or sorrow, Grasping at nothing, spurning nothing, O Master, I am here.

Ashtavakra Gita 12:3-4

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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Put your heart, mind, intellect, and soul even to your smallest acts. This is the secret of success.

-Swami Sivananda

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Inspiration Quote of the Day

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Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is a daring adventure or nothing at all.

-Helen Keller

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Judaism Quote of the Day

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If you add to the truth, you subtract from it.

-The Talmud

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Muslim Quote of the Day

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When a person wakes up in the early hours of dawn, an angel proclaims, "Glorify the Lord, Most Holy!"

-Hadith The Prophet Muhammad (SAW), as reported by Al-Zubayr bin al-Awwam

The Prophet Muhammad (SAW), as reported by Al-Zubayr bin al-Awwam

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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Where I work is a pretty boring place. I notice when I am bored I "think" I am hungry and I "think" I have a headache. It is hard for me to recognize the difference of true hunger and boredom hunger. Any suggestions or tips? You're on the right track of differentiating between boredom, habits, and hunger. It can be difficult at first, as many people who are overweight, like I was, don’t recognize the signals of being full. Many of us have never allowed ourselves to be hungry! When I am actually hungry, I get several body messages. I feel slightly weak and low in energy. If I'm really hungry, I'm on the edge of a headache. My stomach feels empty. (Notice I said, "I feel" not "I think.") When that happens, I ask myself four things: When did I last eat? Is it time for me to eat again? (Both questions refer to the eating plan I follow, my own Joy of Weight Loss Food Plan.) Am I actually bored or tired? Am I thirsty? I always eat every 2-3 hours. I have fruit snacks or a protein combined with a carb. This could be an apple or two small slices of cheese, on two crackers. Always, I find a big glass of water also helps lessen my hunger pangs. This will usually tide me over, and keep me energetic and alert. Boredom masquerading as hunger is now easy for me to spot. If my head is full of thoughts and I am not doing anything, that’s an indicator. If I don’t have body signals, and I’m thinking about food, I do something instead of eating. Try going outside for a walk, calling a friend, or tackling a project you've put off for some time. Perhaps your overweight problem is job dissatisfaction in disguise. Instead of snacking, call a headhunter or look at job boards! And ask God for help in eating, boredom, job hunting, and everything you do.

-Norris Chumley

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Relationship Quote of the Day

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A friend is a second self.

-Latin proverb

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October 21, 2008
Prayer for the Dalai Lama
Beliefnet member mcguffin
May all sentient beings be healthy and happy. May His Holiness the Dalai Lama have a long life, and continue his tireless efforts to bring the Dharma to all mankind, and justice to the peoples of Tibet. Om mani padme hum!