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Today's Torah Reading
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This is the line of Noah. Noah was a righteous man; he was blameless in his age; Noah walked with God. Noah begot three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth.

The earth became corrupt before God; the earth was filled with lawlessness. When God saw how corrupt the earth was, for all flesh had corrupted its ways on earth, God said to Noah, "I have decided to put an end to all flesh, for the earth is filled with lawlessness because of them: I am about to destroy them with the earth. Make yourself an ark of gopher wood; make it an ark with compartments, and cover it inside and out with pitch. This is how you shall make it: the length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, its width fifty cubits, and its height thirty cubits. Make an opening for daylight in the ark, and terminate it within a cubit of the top. Put the entrance to the ark in its side; make it with bottom, second, and third decks.

"For My part, I am about to bring the Flood--waters upon the earth--to destroy all flesh under the sky in which there is breath of life; everything on earth shall perish. But I will establish My covenant with you, and you shall enter the ark, with your sons, your wife, and your sons' wives. And of all that lives, of all flesh, you shall take two of each into the ark to keep alive with you; they shall be male and female. From birds of every kind, cattle of every kind, every kind of creeping thing on earth, two of each shall come to you to stay alive. For your part, take of everything that is eaten and store it away, to serve as food for you and for them." Noah did so; just as God commanded him, so he did.

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From Parshat Noach. 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 angels teach us about our hearts, our hearts teach us who we are.

-Terry Lynn Taylor,
“Angel Days”


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Buddhist Quote of the Day

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How to cope with wavering thoughts? Versatile are flying clouds, Yet from the sky they’re not apart. Mighty are the ocean’s waves, Yet they are not separate from the sea. Heavy and thick are banks of fog, Yet from the air they’re not apart. Frantic runs the mind in voidness, Yet from the Void it never separates.

-Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa


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

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I am careful not to confuse excellence with perfection. Excellence, I can reach for; perfection is God's business.

-Michael J. Fox


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Christian Quote of the Day

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By his divine nature, Christ is simple. By his human nature, he is complex.

-Thomas Aquinas


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Eco-Tip of the Day

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Today, gather up your used books recent magazines and donate them to a local hospital, women's shelter, or nursing home. They'll appreciate the gesture!

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Emotional Health Quote of the Day

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Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances.

-Thomas Jefferson


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Evangelical Quote of the Day

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Beware in your prayers, above everything else, of limiting God, not only by unbelief, but by fancying that you know what He can do. Expect unexpected things, ‘above all that we ask or think’. Each time, before you Intercede, be quiet first, and worship God in His glory. Think of what He can do, and how He delights to hear the prayers of His redeemed people. Think of your place and privilege in Christ, and expect great things!

-Andrew Murray


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Health Quote of the Day

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Health food makes me sick.

-Calvin Trillin


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Hindu Quote of the Day

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Whatever decision we think we are making is actually being made for us, because the decision is the end result of a thought and we have no control over the arising of the thought.

Ramesh Balsekar

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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Holistic Living Quote of the Day

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To hold, you must first open your hand. Let go.

-Tao Te Ching


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Inspiration Quote of the Day

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The most beautiful discovery true friends make is that they can grow separately without growing apart.

-Elizabeth Foley


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Judaism Quote of the Day

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False ideals cannot be shattered by criticism. Right ideals must take up the battle against them.

-Franz Werfel, "Between Heaven and Earth"


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 outward form of things passes away, but the essence remains forever. How long will you be besotted with the shape of the jug? Cast aside the jug, and seek the water. If you look too closely at the form, you miss the essence. If you are wise, you will always pick out the pearl from the shell.

-Rumi, "Mathnawi"


From "366 Readings From Islam," translated by Robert Van der Weyer. Copyright 2000. All rights reserved. Used with permission of John Hunt Publishing, United Kingdom.

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Norris Chumley Tip of the Day

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Has that bakery captured your mind? Are those giant cookies and yummy pies calling you constantly? Are you just around the corner from it, and it’s all you can do to not stop? You know you really don’t want to have the extra calories, and you really wish it wasn’t so much on your mind, but… Walk on by. Just drive past. Don’t get off the bus there. Keep going! It will only be a few seconds of difficulty, and you can manage it with God’s help. You’ll feel a lot better after you’re past it. Think of what you really want. You may crave sweets, but ask yourself if it’s the sweetness of life you’re really craving. Are you tired and needing a carbohydrate sugar-lift? Take a 10 or 15 minute nap instead.

-Norris Chumley


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Relationship Quote of the Day

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Who has not found the heaven below/Will fail of it above./God's residence is next to mine,/His furniture is love.

-Emily Dickinson


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 10/26/2008

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Prayer for Young People

O God, we pray and beseech you
to guide and protect young people
from the dangers that are ever present in our world today.
Be with them, as they experience both sickness and health,
sorrow and joy,
loneliness and friendship,
success and failure.
Gracious God,
give to them the courage and strength
to make the right decisions
as they journey through life.
Through the power of the Holy Spirit,
may they come to know and experience your loving care.
We make this prayer through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Source: Adapted from a prayer from St. Mary's Catholic Parish, Papakura, New Zealand

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