Quotes and Readings of the Day


Today's Torah Reading
previous next Deuteronomy 33:22-34:12

This reading is from the special Torah reading for Simchat Torah, October 22, 2008. The complete Torah reading for the day is Deuteronomy 33:1-34:12, Genesis 1:1-2:3, and Numbers 29:35-30:1.

And of Dan he said: Dan is a lion's whelp that leaps forth from Bashan. And of Naphtali he said: O Naphtali, sated with favor and full of the Lord's blessing, take possession on the west and south. And of Asher he said: Most blessed of sons be Asher; may he be the favorite of his brothers, may he dip his foot in oil. May your doorbolts be iron and copper, and your security last all your days.

O Jeshurun, there is none like God, riding through the heavens to help you, through the skies in His majesty. The ancient God is a refuge, a support are the arms everlasting. He drove out the enemy before you by His command: Destroy! Thus Israel dwells in safety, untroubled is Jacob's abode, in a land of grain and wine, under heavens dripping dew. O happy Israel! Who is like you, a people delivered by the Lord, your protecting Shield, your Sword triumphant! Your enemies shall come cringing before you, and you shall tread on their backs.

Moses went up from the steppes of Moab to Mount Nebo, to the summit of Pisgah, opposite Jericho, and the Lord showed him the whole land: Gilead as far as Dan; all Naphtali; the land of Ephraim and Manasseh; the whole land of Judah as far as the Western Sea; the Negeb; and the Plain--the Valley of Jericho, the city of palm trees--as far as Zoar. And the Lord said to him, "This is the land of which I swore to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, 'I will assign it to your offspring.' I have let you see it with your own eyes, but you shall not cross there."

So Moses the servant of the Lord died there, in the land of Moab, at the command of the Lord. He buried him in the valley in the land of Moab, near Beth-peor; and no one knows his burial place to this day. Moses was a hundred and twenty years old when he died; his eyes were undimmed and his vigor unabated. And the Israelites bewailed Moses in the steppes of Moab for thirty days. The period of wailing and mourning for Moses came to an end. Now Joshua son of Nun was filled with the spirit of wisdom because Moses had laid his hands upon him; and the Israelites heeded him, doing as the Lord had commanded Moses.

Never again did there arise in Israel a prophet like Moses--whom the Lord singled out, face to face, for the various signs and portents that the Lord sent him to display in the land of Egypt, against Pharaoh and all his courtiers and his whole country, and for all the great might and awesome power that Moses displayed before all Israel.


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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The angel is then called spirit and fire: spirit, as being a creature of the intellectual sphere; fire, as being of a purifying nature...

-Gregory of Nazianus

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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Shariputra asked: "When a follower attains the great insight of perfect wisdom, does that follower then covet and cultivate omniscience, infinite knowledge?" The Buddha answered: "Such a follower never covets or cultivates infinite knowledge. That very attitude of not coveting and not cultivating reveals everything to him and he sees all possible structures--from objects of the senses to buddhas--to be transparent in their nature. This radiant transparency is, in fact, simply the total awakeness of a buddha. The now-awakened follower becomes, in this way, immersed in infinite wisdom and blossoms spontaneously as omniscience itself."


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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What I feel more and more is how important it is to live your life in a better way, and not to worry about it. What happens will happen.

-Barbara Walters

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Christian Quote of the Day

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Forever at the door I gave my heart and soul. My fortune, too. I've no flock anymore, no other work in view. My occupation: love. It's all I do.

-John of the Cross

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Eco-Tip of the Day

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Next time you're going out with friends, offer to pick them up instead of meeting there. Not only does carpooling cut harmful emissions down, but the carpool lane gets you where you're going much faster!

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Emotional Health Quote of the Day

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The future enters into us, in order to transform us, long before it happens.

-Rainer Maria Rilke

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Evangelical Quote of the Day

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Always seek peace between your heart and God, but in this world, always be careful to remain ever-restless, never satisfied, and always abounding in the work of the Lord.

-Jim Elliot

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Health Quote of the Day

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There is very little difference in people but that little difference makes a big difference. This difference is attitude. The big difference is whether it is positive or negative.

-W. Clemet Stone

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Hindu Quote of the Day

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Striving and craving, For pleasure or prosperity, These are your enemies, Springing up to destroy you From the presumptions of virtue. Let them all go. Hold on to nothing.

Ashtavakra Gita 10:1

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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Happiness is the reward we get for living to the highest right we know.

-Richard Bach

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Inspiration Quote of the Day

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No bird soars too high, if he soars with his own wings.

-William Blake

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Judaism Quote of the Day

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If you sanctify yourself a little, you are sanctified much.

-Talmud: Yoma, 39a

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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"Unless You give no one gives. O Creator, unlock the gates of your bounty." He turned his face to heaven and said, "No one knows my devotion save You. You put that prayer into my heart. You raised a hundred hopes."


Rumi, "Mathnawi"

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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I learned from my accident, where I fell and knocked out a front tooth and scraped myself up pretty bad in the process, that I need to do only one thing at a time. When I fell, my mind was in many ideas and places, and not in moving carefully. Now, I pay total attention to the matter at hand. I try to make sure 100% of my focus is on what I'm doing at any given time. If I need to stop and think, I do just that; I stop and give my thoughts 100% of my attention. I've found that if I slow down, pay complete attention, and don't try to do too many things at once, I get more done. I'm actually faster, and I do things better.

-Norris Chumley

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Relationship Quote of the Day

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Hatred never ceases by hatred, but by love alone is healed. This is an ancient and eternal law.


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October 25, 2008
Athlete's Prayer
Gregg Easterbook
God, let me play well but fairly.
Help me to learn something that matters
once the game is over.
Let competition make me strong but never hostile.
Always let me help my opponent up.
Never catch me rejoicing in the adversity of others.
If I know victory, allow me to be happy; if I am denied, keep me from envy.
Remind me that sports are just games.
If through athletics I set an example,
let it be a good one.
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