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"Moderation is the center wherein all philosophies, both human and divine, meet.”
-Benjamin Disraeli

Today’s Eco Tip for August 31, 2008

posted by mconsoli

Don’t preheat your oven if you are roasting or broiling food. Preheating is unnecessary in these instances, and is a waste of energy.

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Today’s Eco Tip for August 30, 2008

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When cooking, reduce your oven’s temperature by 25 degrees when using ceramic or glass pans, while cooking for the same amount of time.

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Today’s Eco Tip for August 29, 2008

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Let hot food cool before storing it in the fridge or freezer to reduce the energy used in cooling.

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Today’s Eco Tip for August 28, 2008

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Use the “soak” or “prewash” dishwasher settings sparingly, as they use extra energy and water.

Today’s Eco Tip for August 27, 2008

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Wash your clothes in cold water to reduce your heating bill.

Today’s Eco Tip for August 26, 2008

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Buy a drying machine with a moisture sensor to make sure that you don’t over dry your clothes, wasting time spent on laundry and energy.

Today’s Eco Tip for August 25, 2008

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Ensure that your wall ceilings are properly insulated, trapping heat and saving you money on your energy bill.

Today’s Eco Tip for August 24, 2008

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Look for the ENERGY STAR label when buying windows or doors to ensure that the products are energy efficient.

Today’s Eco Tip for August 23, 2008

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Use a plastic window kit to cut drafts and seal in heat, saving you money on your energy bill.

Today’s Eco Tip for August 22, 2008

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Install storm windows to ensure that your home’s heat is sealed in.

Today’s Eco Tip for August 21, 2008

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Conduct a do-it-yourself energy audit. With a simple walk-through, you can spot many problems on your own.

Today’s Eco Tip for August 20, 2008

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Make sure that your windows and doorways are caulked and weather-stripped. This will save you money on cooling and heating costs.

Today’s Eco Tip for August 19, 2008

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Program your thermostat to a lower setting at night and when you are not home.

Today’s Eco Tip for August 18, 2008

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Fix leaking faucets or shower heads whenever possible. That dripping water can really add up over the course of a year.

Today’s Eco Tip for August 17, 2008

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If you have a lawn to take care of, collect rainwater in barrels and use it on the grass to limit your water use.

Today’s Eco Tip for August 16, 2008

posted by mconsoli

Use water leftover from cooking to water your houseplants.

Numbers 35:16-36:13

posted by mconsoli

If he struck him with a stone tool that could cause death, and death resulted, he is a murderer; the murderer must be put to death. imilarly, if the object with which he struck him was a wooden tool that […]

Numbers 34:16-35:15

posted by mconsoli

The Lord spoke to Moses, saying: These are the names of the men through whom the land shall be apportioned for you: Eleazar the priest and Joshua son of Nun. And you shall also take a chieftain from each tribe […]

Numbers 33:26-34:15

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They set out from Makheloth and encamped at Tahath. They set out from Tahath and encamped at Terah. They set out from Terah and encamped at Mithkah. They set out from Mithkah and encamped at Hashmonah. They set out from […]

Numbers 32:20-33:25

posted by mconsoli

Moses said to them, “If you do this, if you go to battle as shock-troops, at the instance of the Lord, and every shock-fighter among you crosses the Jordan, at the instance of the Lord, until He has dispossessed His […]

Numbers 32:1-32:19

posted by mconsoli

The Reubenites and the Gadites owned cattle in very great numbers. Noting that the lands of Jazer and Gilead were a region suitable for cattle, the Gadites and the Reubenites came to Moses, Eleazar the priest, and the chieftains of […]

Numbers 31:13-31:54

posted by mconsoli

Moses, Eleazar the priest, and all the chieftains of the community came out to meet them outside the camp. Moses became angry with the commanders of the army, the officers of thousands and the officers of hundreds, who had come […]

Numbers 30:2-31:12

posted by mconsoli

Moses spoke to the heads of the Israelite tribes, saying: This is what the Lord has commanded: If a man makes a vow to the Lord or takes an oath imposing an obligation on himself, he shall not break his […]

Numbers 29:12-30:1

posted by mconsoli

On the fifteenth day of the seventh month, you shall observe a sacred occasion: you shall not work at your occupations. Seven days you shall observe a festival of the Lord. You shall present a burnt offering, an offering by […]

Numbers 28:16-29:11

posted by mconsoli

In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month, there shall be a passover sacrifice to the Lord, and on the fifteenth day of that month a festival. Unleavened bread shall be eaten for seven days. The first […]

Numbers 28:1-28:15

posted by mconsoli

The Lord spoke to Moses, saying: Command the Israelite people and say to them: Be punctilious in presenting to Me at stated times the offerings of food due Me, as offerings by fire of pleasing odor to Me. Say to […]

Numbers 27:6-27:23

posted by mconsoli

And the Lord said to Moses, “The plea of Zelophehad’s daughters is just: you should give them a hereditary holding among their father’s kinsmen; transfer their father’s share to them. “Further, speak to the Israelite people as follows: ‘If a […]

Numbers 26:52-27:5

posted by mconsoli

The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Among these shall the land be apportioned as shares, according to the listed names: with larger groups increase the share, with smaller groups reduce the share. Each is to be assigned its share according […]

Numbers 26:5-26:51

posted by mconsoli

Reuben, Israel’s first-born. Descendants of Reuben: [Of] Enoch, the clan of the Enochites; of Pallu, the clan of the Palluites; of Hezron, the clan of the Hezronites; of Carmi, the clan of the Carmites. Those are the clans of the […]

Numbers 25:10-26:4

posted by mconsoli

The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Phinehas, son of Eleazar son of Aaron the priest, has turned back My wrath from the Israelites by displaying among them his passion for Me, so that I did not wipe out the Israelite […]

Numbers 24:14-25:9

posted by mconsoli

And now, as I go back to my people, let me inform you of what this people will do to your people in days to come.” He took up his theme, and said: Word of Balaam son of Beor, Word […]

Numbers 23:27-24:13

posted by mconsoli

Then Balak said to Balaam, “Come now, I will take you to another place. Perhaps God will deem it right that you damn them for me there.” Balak took Balaam to the peak of Peor, which overlooks the wasteland. Balaam […]

Numbers 23:13-23:26

posted by mconsoli

Then Balak said to him, “Come with me to another place from which you can see them–you will see only a portion of them; you will not see all of them–and damn them for me from there.” With that, he […]

Numbers 22:39-23:12

posted by mconsoli

Balaam went with Balak and they came to Kiriath-huzoth. Balak sacrificed oxen and sheep, and had them served to Balaam and the dignitaries with him. In the morning Balak took Balaam up to Bamoth-baal. From there he could see a […]

Numbers 22:21-22:38

posted by mconsoli

When he arose in the morning, Balaam saddled his ass and departed with the Moabite dignitaries. But God was incensed at his going; so an angel of the Lord placed himself in his way as an adversary. He was riding […]

Numbers 22:13-22:20

posted by mconsoli

Balaam arose in the morning and said to Balak’s dignitaries, “Go back to your own country, for the Lord will not let me go with you.” The Moabite dignitaries left, and they came to Balak and said, “Balaam refused to […]

Numbers 22:2-22:12

posted by mconsoli

Balak son of Zippor saw all that Israel had done to the Amorites. Moab was alarmed because that people was so numerous. Moab dreaded the Israelites, and Moab said to the elders of Midian, “Now this horde will lick clean […]

Numbers 21:21-22:1

posted by mconsoli

Israel now sent messengers to Sihon king of the Amorites, saying, “Let me pass through your country. We will not turn off into fields or vineyards, and we will not drink water from wells. We will follow the king’s highway […]

Numbers 21:10-21:20

posted by mconsoli

The Israelites marched on and encamped at Oboth. They set out from Oboth and encamped at Iye-abarim, in the wilderness bordering on Moab to the east. From there they set out and encamped at the wadi Zered. From there they […]

Numbers 20:22-21:9

posted by mconsoli

the boundary of the land of Edom, the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “Let Aaron be gathered to his kin: he is not to enter the land that I have assigned to the Israelite people, because you disobeyed my […]

Numbers 20:14-20:21

posted by mconsoli

From Kadesh, Moses sent messengers to the king of Edom: “Thus says your brother Israel: You know all the hardships that have befallen us; that our ancestors went down to Egypt, that we dwelt in Egypt a long time, and […]

Numbers 20:7-20:13

posted by mconsoli

And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “You and your brother Aaron take the rod and assemble the community, and before their very eyes order the rock to yield its water. Thus you shall produce water for them from the […]

Numbers 19:18-20:6

posted by mconsoli

A person who is clean shall take hyssop, dip it in the water, and sprinkle on the tent and on all the vessels and people who were there, or on him who touched the bones or the person who was […]

Numbers 19:1-19:17

posted by mconsoli

The Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying: This is the ritual law that the Lord has commanded: Instruct the Israelite people to bring you a red cow without blemish, in which there is no defect and on which no […]

Numbers 18:21-18:32

posted by mconsoli

And to the Levites I hereby give all the tithes in Israel as their share in return for the services that they perform, the services of the Tent of Meeting. Henceforth, Israelites shall not trespass on the Tent of Meeting, […]

Numbers 17:25-18:20

posted by mconsoli

The Lord said to Moses, “Put Aaron’s staff back before the Pact, to be kept as a lesson to rebels, so that their mutterings against Me may cease, lest they die.” This Moses did; just as the Lord had commanded […]

Numbers 17:16-17:24

posted by mconsoli

The Lord spoke to Moses, saying: Speak to the Israelite people and take from them–from the chieftains of their ancestral houses–one staff for each chieftain of an ancestral house: twelve staffs in all. Inscribe each man’s name on his staff, […]

Numbers 17:9-17:15

posted by mconsoli

The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Remove yourselves from this community, that I may annihilate them in an instant.” They fell on their faces. Then Moses said to Aaron, “Take the fire pan, and put on it fire from the […]

Numbers 16:20-17:8

posted by mconsoli

…And the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying, “Stand back from this community that I may annihilate them in an instant!” But they fell on their faces and said, “O God, Source of the breath of all flesh! When […]

Numbers 16:14-16:19

posted by mconsoli

Even if you had brought us to a land flowing with milk and honey, and given us possession of fields and vineyards, should you gouge out those men’s eyes? We will not come!” Moses was much aggrieved and he said […]

Numbers 16:1-16:13

posted by mconsoli

Now Korah, son of Izhar son of Kohath son of Levi, betook himself, along with Dathan and Abiram sons of Eliab, and On son of Peleth–descendants of Reuben–to rise up against Moses, together with two hundred and fifty Israelites, chieftains […]

Numbers 15:27-15:41

posted by mconsoli

In case it is an individual who has sinned unwittingly, he shall offer a she-goat in its first year as a sin offering. The priest shall make expiation before the Lord on behalf of the person who erred, for he […]

Numbers 15:17-15:26

posted by mconsoli

The Lord spoke to Moses, saying: Speak to the Israelite people and say to them: When you enter the land to which I am taking you and you eat of the bread of the land, you shall set some aside […]

Numbers 15:8-15:16

posted by mconsoli

And if it is an animal from the herd that you offer to the Lord as a burnt offering or as a sacrifice, in fulfillment of a vow explicitly uttered or as an offering of well-being, there shall be offered […]

Numbers 14:26-15:7

posted by mconsoli

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 […]

Numbers 14:8-14:25

posted by mconsoli

If the Lord is pleased with us, He will bring us into that land, a land that flows with milk and honey, and give it to us; only you must not rebel against the Lord. Have no fear then of […]

Numbers 13:21-14:7

posted by mconsoli

They went up and scouted the land, from the wilderness of Zin to Rehob, at Lebo-hamath. They went up into the Negeb and came to Hebron, where lived Ahiman, Sheshai, and Talmai, the Anakites.–Now Hebron was founded seven years before […]

Numbers 13:1-13:20

posted by mconsoli

The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Send men to scout the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the Israelite people; send one man from each of their ancestral tribes, each one a chieftain among them.” So Moses, by […]

Numbers 11:23-12:16

posted by mconsoli

And the Lord answered Moses, “Is there a limit to the Lord’s power? You shall soon see whether what I have said happens to you or not!” Moses went out and reported the words of the Lord to the people. […]

Numbers 10:11-36; 11:1-15

posted by mconsoli

In the second year, on the twentieth day of the second month, the cloud lifted from the Tabernacle of the Pact 12 and the Israelites set out on their journeys from the wilderness of Sinai. The cloud came to rest […]

Numbers 9:1-9:23; 10; 1-10

posted by mconsoli

The Lord spoke to Moses in the wilderness of Sinai, on the first new moon of the second year following the exodus from the land of Egypt, saying: Let the Israelite people offer the passover sacrifice at its set time: […]

Numbers 8:1-26

posted by mconsoli

The Lord spoke to Moses, saying: Speak to Aaron and say to him, “When you mount the lamps, let the seven lamps give light at the front of the lampstand.” Aaron did so; he mounted the lamps at the front […]

Deuteronomy 15:19-23; 16: 1-17, Numbers 28; 26-31

posted by mconsoli

This reading is from the special Torah portion read on the second day of Shavuot 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 […]

Exodus 20:7-23; Numbers 28: 26-31

posted by mconsoli

This reading is from the special Torah portion read on the first day of Shavuot. You shall not swear falsely by the name of the Lord your God; for the Lord will not clear one who swears falsely by His […]

Exodus 19:1-25; 20:1-6

posted by mconsoli

This reading is from the special Torah portion read on the first day of Shavuot. On the third new moon after the Israelites had gone forth from the land of Egypt, on that very day, they entered the wilderness of […]

Numbers 7:72-7:89

posted by mconsoli

On the eleventh day, it was the chieftain of the Asherites, Pagiel son of Ochran. His offering: one silver bowl weighing 130 shekels and one silver basin of 70 shekels by the sanctuary weight, both filled with choice flour with […]

Numbers 7:42-7:71

posted by mconsoli

On the sixth day, it was the chieftain of the Gadites, Eliasaph son of Deuel. His offering: one silver bowl weighing 130 shekels and one silver basin of 70 shekels by the sanctuary weight, both filled with choice flour with […]

Numbers 7:1-7:41

posted by mconsoli

On the day that Moses finished setting up the Tabernacle, he anointed and consecrated it and all its furnishings, as well as the altar and its utensils. When he had anointed and consecrated them, the chieftains of Israel, the heads […]

Numbers 5:27-6:27

posted by mconsoli

Once he has made her drink the water–if she has defiled herself by breaking faith with her husband, the spell-inducing water shall enter into her to bring on bitterness, so that her belly shall distend and her thigh shall sag; […]

Numbers 5:1-5:26

posted by mconsoli

The Lord spoke to Moses, saying: Instruct the Israelites to remove from camp anyone with an eruption or a discharge and anyone defiled by a corpse. Remove male and female alike; put them outside the camp so that they do […]

Numbers 4:38-4:49

posted by mconsoli

The Gershonites who were recorded by the clans of their ancestral house, from the age of thirty years up to the age of fifty, all who were subject to service for work relating to the Tent of Meeting–those recorded by […]

Numbers 4:21-4:37

posted by mconsoli

The Lord spoke to Moses: Take a census of the Gershonites also, by their ancestral house and by their clans. Record them from the age of thirty years up to the age of fifty, all who are subject to service […]

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