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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.

If, however, there is a needy person among you, one of your kinsmen in any of your settlements in the land that the Lord your God is giving you, do not harden your heart and shut your hand against your needy kinsman. Rather, you must open your hand and lend him sufficient for whatever he needs. Beware lest you harbor the base thought, "The seventh year, the year of remission, is approaching," so that you are mean to your needy kinsman and give him nothing. He will cry out to the Lord against you, and you will incur guilt. Give to him readily and have no regrets when you do so, for in return the Lord your God will bless you in all your efforts and in all your undertakings. For there will never cease to be needy ones in your land, which is why I command you: open your hand to the poor and needy kinsman in your land.

If a fellow Hebrew, man or woman, is sold to you, he shall serve you six years, and in the seventh year you shall set him free. When you set him free, do not let him go empty-handed: Furnish him out of the flock, threshing floor, and vat, with which the Lord your God has blessed you. Bear in mind that you were slaves in the land of Egypt and the Lord your God redeemed you; therefore I enjoin this commandment upon you today.

But should he say to you, "I do not want to leave you"--for he loves you and your household and is happy with you--you shall take an awl and put it through his ear into the door, and he shall become your slave in perpetuity. Do the same with your female slave. When you do set him free, do not feel aggrieved; for in the six years he has given you double the service of a hired man. Moreover, the Lord your God will bless you in all you do.

You shall consecrate to the Lord your God all male firstlings that are born in your herd and in your flock: you must not work your firstling ox or shear your firstling sheep. You and your household shall eat it annually before the Lord your God in the place that the Lord will choose. But if it has a defect, lameness or blindness, any serious defect, you shall not sacrifice it to the Lord your God. Eat it in your settlements, the unclean among you no less than the clean, just like the gazelle and the deer. Only you must not partake of its blood; you shall pour it out on the ground like water.

Observe the month of Abib and offer a passover sacrifice to the Lord your God, for it was in the month of Abib, at night, that the Lord your God freed you from Egypt. You shall slaughter the passover sacrifice for the Lord your God, from the flock and the herd, in the place where the Lord will choose to establish His name. You shall not eat anything leavened with it; for seven days thereafter you shall eat unleavened bread, bread of distress--for you departed from the land of Egypt hurriedly--so that you may remember the day of your departure from the land of Egypt as long as you live. For seven days no leaven shall be found with you in all your territory, and none of the flesh of what you slaughter on the evening of the first day shall be left until morning.
You are not permitted to slaughter the passover sacrifice in any of the settlements that the Lord your God is giving you; but at the place where the Lord your God will choose to establish His name, there alone shall you slaughter the passover sacrifice, in the evening, at sundown, the time of day when you departed from Egypt. You shall cook and eat it at the place that the Lord your God will choose; and in the morning you may start back on your journey home. After eating unleavened bread six days, you shall hold a solemn gathering for the Lord your God on the seventh day: you shall do no work.

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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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Music is well said to be the speech of angels.

-Thomas Carlyle


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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Never think that I believe I should set out a "system of teaching" to help people understand the way. Never cherish such a thought. What I proclaim is the truth as I have discovered it and "a system of teaching" has no meaning because the truth can’t be cut up into pieces and arranged in a system.

-Diamond Sutra


From "Buddha Speaks," edited by Anne Bancroft, 2000. Reprinted by arrangement with Shambhala Publications, Boston, www.shambhala.com.

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Celebrity Quote of the Day

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I'm really coming into my own as a woman. I'm experiencing spiritual growth.

-Paula Abdul


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Christian Quote of the Day

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God will not hold us responsible to understand the mysteries of election, predestination, and the divine sovereignty. The best and safest way to deal with these truths is to raise our eyes to God and in deepest reverence say, "O Lord, Thou knowest." Those things belong to the deep and mysterious Profound of God's omniscience. Prying into them may make theologians, but it will never make saints.

-A.W. Tozer, "The Pursuit of God"


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Eco-Tip of the Day

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Buy products and containers made from recycled material whenever possible.

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Emotional Health Quote of the Day

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Sometimes you have to take the leap, and build your wings on the way down.

-Kobi Yamada


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Evangelical Quote of the Day

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I have found that there are three stages in every great work of God: first, it is impossible, then it is difficult, then it is done.

-Hudson Taylor


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Health Quote of the Day

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I'm tired of all this nonsense about beauty being only skin deep. That's deep enough. What do they want, an adorable pancreas?

-Jean Kerr


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Hindu Quote of the Day

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I am the power of discrimination in those who are intelligent, and the glory of the noble. In those who are strong, I am strength, free from passion and selfish attachment. I am desire itself, if that desire is in harmony with the purpose of life.

Bhagavad Gita 7:10-11

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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Thought of the Day: In yearning for nothing, you will be free to enjoy what you do, free to see the patterns, free to hear the music in all things.

-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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He who wants to expand the field of happiness, let him lay the foundation of it on the bottom of his heart.

-Tao saying


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Judaism Quote of the Day

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As a man must perfect himself as a man, so must a Jew strive to reach perfection as a Jew.

-Zevi Katznellenbogen, letter to his son Gerson, 1845


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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A wise man works modestly toward the hereafter while a foolish man follows his low desires yet expects blessings from Allah.

-Hadith The Prophet Muhammad (SAW), as reported by Shaddad bin Aus


The Prophet Muhammad (SAW), as reported by Shaddad bin Aus

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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We all need some TLC (tender loving care) and on a regular basis. There's nothing at all wrong with being good to ourselves. Don't ever feel guilty about taking time to attend to your own needs. It's OK to have some pleasure and joy in your life, too. Remember the old saying, "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy!" (…or Jill a dull girl.) Just keep in mind that the TLC, the self-care, joy, and pleasure should be of excellent quality. Do not settle for temporary or shallow treats like too much food, drink, drugs, or self-destructive behaviors. Quality self-pleasure like taking care of your health, loving companionship, family time, relaxation and recreation time all can't be beat in terms of real, deep, and lasting pampering.

-Norris Chumley


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Relationship Quote of the Day

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Love is a mystery that transforms everything it touches into things beautiful and pleasing to God. The love of God makes a soul free.

-Faustina Kowalska


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October 22, 2008
For Stewardship of Creation
O merciful Creator, thy hand is open wide to satisfy the needs of every living creature: Make us, we beseech thee, ever thankful for thy loving providence; and grant that we, remembering the account that we must one day give, may be faithful stewards of thy good gifts; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with thee and the Holy Spirit liveth and reigneth, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
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