Quotes and Readings of the Day


Today's Bible Reading
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Assurance of God's Protection
A Song of Ascents.

I lift up my eyes to the hills—
from where will my help come?
My help comes from the LORD,
who made heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot be moved;
he who keeps you will not slumber.
He who keeps Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.

The LORD is your keeper;
the LORD is your shade at your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day,
nor the moon by night.

The LORD will keep you from all evil;
he will keep your life.
The LORD will keep
your going out and your coming in
from this time on and forevermore.

Note: Today's Gospel reading is Luke 22:63-71


From the New Revised Standard Version. Reprinted with permission from HarperBibles.

Today's Torah Reading
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When you build a new house, you shall make a parapet for your roof, so that you do not bring bloodguilt on your house if anyone should fall from it.

You shall not sow your vineyard with a second kind of seed, else the crop--from the seed you have sown--and the yield of the vineyard may not be used. You shall not plow with an ox and an ass together. You shall not wear cloth combining wool and linen.

You shall make tassels on the four corners of the garment with which you cover yourself.

A man marries a woman and cohabits with her. Then he takes an aversion to her and makes up charges against her and defames her, saying, "I married this woman; but when I approached her, I found that she was not a virgin." In such a case, the girl's father and mother shall produce the evidence of the girl's virginity before the elders of the town at the gate. And the girl's father shall say to the elders, "I gave this man my daughter to wife, but he has taken an aversion to her; so he has made up charges, saying, 'I did not find your daughter a virgin.' But here is the evidence of my daughter's virginity!" And they shall spread out the cloth before the elders of the town. The elders of that town shall then take the man and flog him, and they shall fine him a hundred [shekels of] silver and give it to the girl's father; for the man has defamed a virgin in Israel. Moreover, she shall remain his wife; he shall never have the right to divorce her.

But if the charge proves true, the girl was found not to have been a virgin, then the girl shall be brought out to the entrance of her father's house, and the men of her town shall stone her to death; for she did a shameful thing in Israel, committing fornication while under her father's authority. Thus you will sweep away evil from your midst. If a man is found lying with another man's wife, both of them--the man and the woman with whom he lay--shall die. Thus you will sweep away evil from Israel.

In the case of a virgin who is engaged to a man--if a man comes upon her in town and lies with her, you shall take the two of them out to the gate of that town and stone them to death: the girl because she did not cry for help in the town, and the man because he violated another man's wife. Thus you will sweep away evil from your midst. But if the man comes upon the engaged girl in the open country, and the man lies with her by force, only the man who lay with her shall die, but you shall do nothing to the girl. The girl did not incur the death penalty, for this case is like that of a man attacking another and murdering him. He came upon her in the open; though the engaged girl cried for help, there was no one to save her.

If a man comes upon a virgin who is not engaged and he seizes her and lies with her, and they are discovered, the man who lay with her shall pay the girl's father fifty [shekels of] silver, and she shall be his wife. Because he has violated her, he can never have the right to divorce her.

No man shall marry his father's former wife, so as to remove his father's garment. No one whose testes are crushed or whose member is cut off shall be admitted into the congregation of the Lord.

No one misbegotten shall be admitted into the congregation of the Lord; none of his descendants, even in the tenth generation, shall be admitted into the congregation of the Lord.

No Ammonite or Moabite shall be admitted into the congregation of the Lord; none of their descendants, even in the tenth generation, shall ever be admitted into the congregation of the Lord, because they did not meet you with food and water on your journey after you left Egypt, and because they hired Balaam son of Beor, from Pethor of Aram- naharaim, to curse you. But the Lord your God refused to heed Balaam; instead, the Lord your God turned the curse into a blessing for you, for the Lord your God loves you. You shall never concern yourself with their welfare or benefit as long as you live.


From Parshat Ki Tetse. 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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It is with Adnachiel, the Angel of November, that we can enjoy the harvest we have collected from our hard work earlier in the year.

-Margaret Neylon

From the book, An Angel a Day by Margaret Neylon. © Margaret Neylon 2003. Published by arrangement with Thorsons / Element.

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Buddhist Quote of the Day

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The Buddha was invited by a Brahman to have a meal in his house. But when he arrived, the Brahman greeted him strangely, with a torrent of abuse. Politely, the Buddha asked, “Do visitors come to your home, good Brahman?” “Yes.” “What preparations do you make for them?” “We get ready a great feast.” ”What happens if they don’t arrive?” “Then we gladly eat it ourselves.” “Well, Brahman, you’ve invited me for a meal and you’ve entertained me with hard words. I want nothing from your preparation. So please take it back and eat it yourselves.” “Never retaliate in kind,” the Buddha told his followers. “Hatred does not come to an end through hatred but can only cease through generosity.”

-Jataka Tale

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 try and reduce myself to an almost blank slate and hope to God that I am creative.

-Ben Kingsley

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Christian Quote of the Day

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When you encounter difficulties and contradictions, do not try to break them, but bend them with gentleness and time.

-St. Francis de Sales

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Eco-Tip of the Day

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If you're printing long documents, make sure to use single-spaced settings and a smaller font. Also, print on both sides of the paper if you can – and learn how to use your printer properly, so you prevent having to re-print as a result of a paper jam.

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Emotional Health Quote of the Day

Evangelical Quote of the Day

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Beauty is the gift of God.


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Health Quote of the Day

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If you can solve your problem, then what is the need of worrying? If you cannot solve it, then what is the use of worrying?


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Hindu Quote of the Day

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Sometimes, because we were friends, I rashly said, "Oh, Krishna!" "Say, friend!"—casual, careless remarks. Whatever I may have said lightly, whether we were playing or resting, alone or in company, sitting together or eating, if it was disrespectful, forgive me for it, O Krishna. I did not know the greatness of your nature, unchanging and imperishable.

Bhagavad Gita 11:41-42

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: Invest 100 percent in making yourself and the people around you happy.

-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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Be like a postage stamp. Stick to one thing until you get there.

-Josh Billings

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Judaism Quote of the Day

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Keep in mind that the essence of your prayers is the faith you have in them that they will be answered.

-Rabbi Nachman of Breslov

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Muslim Quote of the Day

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Day and night he danced in ecstasy, revolving on the earth like the heavens. His ecstatic cries reached the zenith of the skies and were heard by all and sundry.


Rumi, "The Life and Thoughts of Rumi"

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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Relationship Quote of the Day

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A faithful friend is an image of God.

-French Proverb

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August 17, 2010
HaShem Is One
Devarim 6: 4-9
Hear, O Israel: The HaShem our god, the HaShem is one.

And thou shalt love HaShem thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.

And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be upon thy heart;

and thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thy house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.

And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thy hand, and they shall be for frontlets between thine eyes.

And thou shalt write them upon the door-posts of thy house, and upon thy gates.
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