Quotes and Readings of the Day


Today's Bible Reading
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The Destruction of Jerusalem Foretold

‘When you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation has come near. Then those in Judea must flee to the mountains, and those inside the city must leave it, and those out in the country must not enter it; for these are days of vengeance, as a fulfilment of all that is written. Woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing infants in those days! For there will be great distress on the earth and wrath against this people; they will fall by the edge of the sword and be taken away as captives among all nations; and Jerusalem will be trampled on by the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.

The Coming of the Son of Man

‘There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on the earth distress among nations confused by the roaring of the sea and the waves. People will faint from fear and foreboding of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see “the Son of Man coming in a cloud” with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to take place, stand up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.’


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

Today's Torah Reading
previous next Numbers 14:26-15:7

The Lord spoke further to Moses and Aaron, "How much longer shall that wicked community keep muttering against Me? Very well, I have heeded the incessant muttering of the Israelites against Me. Say to them: 'As I live,' says the Lord, 'I will do to you just as you have urged Me. In this very wilderness shall your carcasses drop. Of all of you who were recorded in your various lists from the age of twenty years up, you who have muttered against Me, not one shall enter the land in which I swore to settle you--save Caleb son of Jephunneh and Joshua son of Nun. Your children who, you said, would be carried off--these will I allow to enter; they shall know the land that you have rejected. But your carcasses shall drop in this wilderness, while your children roam the wilderness for forty years, suffering for your faithlessness, until the last of your carcasses is down in the wilderness. You shall bear your punishment for forty years, corresponding to the number of days--forty days--that you scouted the land: a year for each day. Thus you shall know what it means to thwart Me. I the Lord have spoken: Thus will I do to all that wicked band that has banded together against Me: in this very wilderness they shall die to the last man.'"

As for the men whom Moses sent to scout the land, those who came back and caused the whole community to mutter against him by spreading calumnies about the land--those who spread such calumnies about the land died of plague, by the will of the Lord. Of those men who had gone to scout the land, only Joshua son of Nun and Caleb son of Jephunneh survived.

When Moses repeated these words to all the Israelites, the people were overcome by grief. Early next morning they set out toward the crest of the hill country, saying, "We are prepared to go up to the place that the Lord has spoken of, for we were wrong." But Moses said, "Why do you transgress the Lord's command? This will not succeed. Do not go up, lest you be routed by your enemies, for the Lord is not in your midst. For the Amalekites and the Canaanites will be there to face you, and you will fall by the sword, inasmuch as you have turned from following the Lord and the Lord will not be with you."

Yet defiantly they marched toward the crest of the hill country, though neither the Lord's Ark of the Covenant nor Moses stirred from the camp. And the Amalekites and the Canaanites who dwelt in that hill country came down and dealt them a shattering blow at Hormah.

The Lord spoke to Moses, saying: Speak to the Israelite people and say to them: When you enter the land that I am giving you to settle in, and would present an offering by fire to the Lord from the herd or from the flock, be it burnt offering or sacrifice, in fulfillment of a vow explicitly uttered, or as a freewill offering, or at your fixed occasions, producing an odor pleasing to the Lord:

The person who presents the offering to the Lord shall bring as a meal offering: a tenth of a measure of choice flour with a quarter of a hin of oil mixed in. You shall also offer, with the burnt offering or the sacrifice, a quarter of a hin of wine as a libation for each sheep.

In the case of a ram, you shall present as a meal offering: two-tenths of a measure of choice flour with a third of a hin of oil mixed in; and a third of a hin of wine as a libation--as an offering of pleasing odor to the Lord.


From Parshat Shelakh. 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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Angels are men of a superior kind; Angels are men in a lighter habit clad.

-Edward Young,
"Night Thoughts"

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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Conquer anger with lack of anger; bad, with good; stinginess, with generosity; a liar, with truth.

-Dhammapada 17, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.

A Recipe for Chocolate Bliss

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Christian Quote of the Day

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I have but one candle of life to burn, and I would rather burn it out in a land filled with darkness than in a land flooded with light.

-John Keith Falconer

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Eco-Tip of the Day

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If you're thinking about remodeling your home, think about renewable energy sources. It can be something as big as choosing to use solar panels for power, or something as small as opting for ceiling fans over air conditioning.

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Emotional Health Quote of the Day

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Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you’d have preferred to talk.

-Doug Larson

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Evangelical Quote of the Day

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Most of us are umpires at heart; we like to call balls and strikes on somebody else.

-Leo Aikman

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Health Quote of the Day

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The best proof of love is trust.

-Joyce Brothers

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Hindu Quote of the Day

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Closing their eyes, steadying their breathing, and focusing their attention on the center of spiritual consciousness, the wise master their senses, mind, and intellect through meditation. Self-realization is their only goal. Freed from selfish desire, fear, and anger, they live in freedom always. Knowing me as the friend of all creatures, the Lord of the universe, the end of all offerings and all spiritual disciplines, they attain eternal peace.

Bhagavad Gita 5:27-29

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: Use a half-smile to radiate well-being to yourself and to people around you. Establish contact with others in a warm, kind, and friendly way.

-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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In the New Year, may your right hand always be stretched out in friendship, never in want.

-Irish toast

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Judaism Quote of the Day

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God is of no importance unless he is of extreme importance.

-Abraham Joshua Heschel, "Man's Quest for God"

As cited in "Jewish Wisdom" by Rabbi Joseph Telushkin.

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Muslim Quote of the Day

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Listen, stand up in prayer during the night*, for you are a candle, and at night a candle stands and burns. *Qur'an: Surah Al-Muzzamil (The Enwrapped One), 73:20


Mathnawi [IV, 1456]

From "Jewels of Remembrance," by Rumi, selected and translated by Camille and Kabir Helminski, © 1996. By arrangement with Shambhala Publications, Inc., Boston, www.shambhala.com.

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Relationship Quote of the Day

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Nothing takes the taste out of peanut butter quite like unrequited love.

-Charlie Brown

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June 17, 2014
A Prayer for Mikveh
Our mothers, Rebekka and Rachel, were betrothed and began new lives at the gently flowing waters of the well.

Our mother Tzipporah gave life to her child Moses in the ever-flowing waters of the Nile.

Our sister Miriam danced for the saving of lives beside the overflowing waters of the Sea of Reeds.

Water is God's gift to living souls, to cleanse us, to purify us, to sustain us, and to renew us.

Moses and Aaron and the priests of Israel washed with cleansing waters before attending to God's service at the altar.

As God separated the waters in the First Creation so do we ask that protecting waters surround this child.

As it is written: " I will sprinkle clean water upon you and you shall be clean. " (Ezekiel 36)

And it is written: " I am a well of living waters, a garden spring, a stream flowing from the heights of Lebanon. " (Song of Songs 4:15)

You are Blessed, O God, Spirit (Sovereign) of the World, who has sanctified us with Your commandments, and commanded us concerning Immersion.