To Greater Peace, Hope, Love And Joy
December 13 , 2005
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joy and satisfaction.
As we're moving deeper into the holiday season, it gives
us a new opportunity to become more still and tune in with the essence
of all our holy days, regardless of our religion - a greater peace,
a new more relaxed love and compassion, and a new willingness to forgive
others as we hope to be forgiven and understood.
The approaching new year has great potential to be lived
more fully, more joyfully, with more enthusiasm and energy. As we
become determined to do our part, through improving our own personal,
material and spiritual lives, we also embrace and encourage our national and
We wish you, your family and your loved ones a very merry
Christmas and the most wonderful and joyful new year!
1 In those days a decree went out
from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be enrolled.
2 This was the first enrollment, when
Quirinius was governor of Syria.
3 And all went to be enrolled, each to
his own city.
4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee,
from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called
Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David,
5 to be enrolled with Mary, his
betrothed, who was with child.
6 And while they were there, the time
came for her to be delivered.
7 And she gave birth to her first-born
son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths, and laid him in a manger, because
there was no place for them in the inn.
8 And in that region there were
shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
9 And an angel of the Lord appeared to
them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with
10 And the angel said to them, "Be not
afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to
all the people;
11 for to you is born this day in the
city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
12 And this will be a sign for you: you
will find a babe wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger."
13 And suddenly there was with the
angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
14 "Glory to God in the highest, and on
earth peace among men with whom he is pleased!"
15 When the angels went away from them
into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let us go over to Bethlehem
and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us."
16 And they went with haste, and found
Mary and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.
17 And when they saw it they made known
the saying which had been told them concerning this child;
18 and all who heard it wondered at
what the shepherds told them.
19 But Mary kept all these things,
pondering them in her heart.
20 And the shepherds returned,
glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been
1 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem
in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to
2 and asked, "Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We
saw his star in the east and have come to worship him."
3 When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with
4 When he had called together all the people's chief priests and
teachers of the law, he asked them where the Christ was to be born.
5 "In Bethlehem in Judea," they replied, "for this is what the prophet
6 "`But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least
among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will be
the shepherd of my people Israel.' "
7 Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact
time the star had appeared.
8 He sent them to Bethlehem and said, "Go and make a careful search for
the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go
and worship him."8 He sent them to Bethlehem and said, "Go and make a
careful search for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so
that I too may go and worship him."
9 After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star
they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stopped over the
place where the child was.
10 When they saw the star, they were overjoyed.
11 On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and
they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and
presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh.
12 And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they
returned to their country by another route.
13 When they had gone, an angel of
the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. "Get up," he said, "take the
child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you,
for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him."
14 So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left
15 where he stayed until the death of Herod. And so was fulfilled what
the Lord had said through the prophet: "Out of Egypt I called my son."
16 When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was
furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its
vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time
he had learned from the Magi.
17 Then what was said through the prophet Jeremiah was fulfilled:
18 "A voice is
heard in Ramah, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her
children and refusing to be comforted, because they are no more."
19 After Herod died, an angel of the
Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt
20 and said, "Get up, take the child and his mother and go to the land
of Israel, for those who were trying to take the child's life are dead."
21 So he got up, took the child and his mother and went to the land of
22 But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning in Judea in place of
his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. Having been warned in a
dream, he withdrew to the district of Galilee,
23 and he went and lived in a town called Nazareth. So was fulfilled
what was said through the prophets: "He will be called a Nazarene."
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was born in an obscure village,
the child of a peasant woman.
He grew up in another obscure village,
where he worked in a carpenter shop
until he was thirty.
Then for three years
he was an itinerant preacher.
He never set foot inside a big city.
He never traveled two hundred miles
from the place he was born.
He never wrote a book,
or held an office.
He did none of these things
that usually accompany greatness.
While he was still a young man,
the tide of popular opinion
turned against him.
His friends deserted him.
He was turned over to his enemies,
and went through the mockery of a trial.
He was nailed to a cross
between two thieves.
While he was dying,
his executioners gambled
for the only piece of property he had -
When he was dead,
he was taken down
and laid in a borrowed grave.
Nineteen centuries have come and gone,
and today his is the central figure
for much of the human race.
All the armies that ever marched,
and all the navies that ever sailed,
and all the parliaments that ever sat,
and all the kings that ever reigned,
have not affected the life of man
upon this earth as powerfully as this
"One Solitary Life."
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One dollar and eighty-seven cents.
That was all. And sixty cents of it was in pennies. Pennies saved one and
two at a time by bulldozing the grocer and the vegetable man and the
butcher until one's cheeks burned with the silent imputation of parsimony
that such close dealing implied. Three times Della counted it. One dollar
and eighty- seven cents. And the next day would be Christmas.
There was clearly nothing to do but
flop down on the shabby little couch and howl. So Della did it. Which
instigates the moral reflection that life is made up of sobs, sniffles,
and smiles, with sniffles predominating.
While the mistress of the home is
gradually subsiding from the first stage to the second, take a look at the
home. A furnished flat at $8 per week. It did not exactly beggar
description, but it certainly had that word on the lookout for the
In the vestibule below was a
letter-box into which no letter would go, and an electric button from
which no mortal finger could coax a ring. Also appertaining thereunto was
a card bearing the name "Mr. James Dillingham Young."
The "Dillingham" had been flung to
the breeze during a former period of prosperity when its possessor was
being paid $30 per week. Now, when the income was shrunk to $20, though,
they were thinking seriously of contracting to a modest and unassuming D.
But whenever Mr. James Dillingham Young came home and reached his flat
above he was called "Jim" and greatly hugged by Mrs. James Dillingham
Young, already introduced to you as Della. Which is all very good.
Della finished her cry and attended
to her cheeks with the powder rag. She stood by the window and looked out
dully at a gray cat walking a gray fence in a gray backyard. Tomorrow
would be Christmas Day, and she had only $1.87 with which to buy Jim a
present. She had been saving every penny she could for months, with this
result. Twenty dollars a week doesn't go far. Expenses had been greater
than she had calculated. They always are. Only $1.87 to buy a present for
Jim. Her Jim. Many a happy hour she had spent planning for something nice
for him. Something fine and rare and sterling--something just a little bit
near to being worthy of the honor of being owned by Jim.
There was a pier-glass between the
windows of the room. Perhaps you have seen a pier-glass in an $8 flat. A
very thin and very agile person may, by observing his reflection in a
rapid sequence of longitudinal strips, obtain a fairly accurate conception
of his looks. Della, being slender, had mastered the art.
Suddenly she whirled from the
window and stood before the glass. her eyes were shining brilliantly, but
her face had lost its color within twenty seconds. Rapidly she pulled down
her hair and let it fall to its full length.
Now, there were two possessions of
the James Dillingham Youngs in which they both took a mighty pride. One
was Jim's gold watch that had been his father's and his grandfather's. The
other was Della's hair. Had the queen of Sheba lived in the flat across
the airshaft, Della would have let her hair hang out the window some day
to dry just to depreciate Her Majesty's jewels and gifts. Had King Solomon
been the janitor, with all his treasures piled up in the basement, Jim
would have pulled out his watch every time he passed, just to see him
pluck at his beard from envy.
So now Della's beautiful hair fell
about her rippling and shining like a cascade of brown waters. It reached
below her knee and made itself almost a garment for her. And then she did
it up again nervously and quickly. Once she faltered for a minute and
stood still while a tear or two splashed on the worn red carpet.
On went her old brown jacket; on
went her old brown hat. With a whirl of skirts and with the brilliant
sparkle still in her eyes, she fluttered out the door and down the stairs
to the street.
Where she stopped the sign read: "Mne.
Sofronie. Hair Goods of All Kinds." One flight up Della ran, and collected
herself, panting. Madame, large, too white, chilly, hardly looked the "Sofronie."
"Will you buy my hair?" asked
"I buy hair," said Madame. "Take
yer hat off and let's have a sight at the looks of it."
Down rippled the brown cascade.
"Twenty dollars," said Madame,
lifting the mass with a practised hand.
"Give it to me quick," said Della.
Oh, and the next two hours tripped
by on rosy wings. Forget the hashed metaphor. She was ransacking the
stores for Jim's present.
She found it at last. It surely had
been made for Jim and no one else. There was no other like it in any of
the stores, and she had turned all of them inside out. It was a platinum
fob chain simple and chaste in design, properly proclaiming its value by
substance alone and not by meretricious ornamentation--as all good things
should do. It was even worthy of The Watch. As soon as she saw it she knew
that it must be Jim's. It was like him. Quietness and value--the
description applied to both. Twenty-one dollars they took from her for it,
and she hurried home with the 87 cents. With that chain on his watch Jim
might be properly anxious about the time in any company. Grand as the
watch was, he sometimes looked at it on the sly on account of the old
leather strap that he used in place of a chain.
When Della reached home her
intoxication gave way a little to prudence and reason. She got out her
curling irons and lighted the gas and went to work repairing the ravages
made by generosity added to love. Which is always a tremendous task, dear
friends--a mammoth task.
Within forty minutes her head was
covered with tiny, close-lying curls that made her look wonderfully like a
truant schoolboy. She looked at her reflection in the mirror long,
carefully, and critically.
"If Jim doesn't kill me," she said
to herself, "before he takes a second look at me, he'll say I look like a
Coney Island chorus girl. But what could I do--oh! what could I do with a
dollar and eighty- seven cents?"
At 7 o'clock the coffee was made
and the frying-pan was on the back of the stove hot and ready to cook the
Jim was never late. Della doubled
the fob chain in her hand and sat on the corner of the table near the door
that he always entered. Then she heard his step on the stair away down on
the first flight, and she turned white for just a moment. She had a habit
for saying little silent prayer about the simplest everyday things, and
now she whispered: "Please God, make him think I am still pretty."
The door opened and Jim stepped in
and closed it. He looked thin and very serious. Poor fellow, he was only
twenty-two--and to be burdened with a family! He needed a new overcoat and
he was without gloves.
Jim stopped inside the door, as
immovable as a setter at the scent of quail. His eyes were fixed upon
Della, and there was an expression in them that she could not read, and it
terrified her. It was not anger, nor surprise, nor disapproval, nor
horror, nor any of the sentiments that she had been prepared for. He
simply stared at her fixedly with that peculiar expression on his face.
Della wriggled off the table and
went for him.
"Jim, darling," she cried, "don't
look at me that way. I had my hair cut off and sold because I couldn't
have lived through Christmas without giving you a present. It'll grow out
again--you won't mind, will you? I just had to do it. My hair grows
awfully fast. Say `Merry Christmas!' Jim, and let's be happy. You don't
know what a nice-- what a beautiful, nice gift I've got for you."
"You've cut off your hair?" asked
Jim, laboriously, as if he had not arrived at that patent fact yet even
after the hardest mental labor.
"Cut it off and sold it," said
Della. "Don't you like me just as well, anyhow? I'm me without my hair,
Jim looked about the room
"You say your hair is gone?" he
said, with an air almost of idiocy.
"You needn't look for it," said
Della. "It's sold, I tell you--sold and gone, too. It's Christmas Eve,
boy. Be good to me, for it went for you. Maybe the hairs of my head were
numbered," she went on with sudden serious sweetness, "but nobody could
ever count my love for you. Shall I put the chops on, Jim?"
Out of his trance Jim seemed
quickly to wake. He enfolded his Della. For ten seconds let us regard with
discreet scrutiny some inconsequential object in the other direction.
Eight dollars a week or a million a year--what is the difference? A
mathematician or a wit would give you the wrong answer. The magi brought
valuable gifts, but that was not among them. This dark assertion will be
illuminated later on.
Jim drew a package from his
overcoat pocket and threw it upon the table.
"Don't make any mistake, Dell," he
said, "about me. I don't think there's anything in the way of a haircut or
a shave or a shampoo that could make me like my girl any less. But if
you'll unwrap that package you may see why you had me going a while at
White fingers and nimble tore at
the string and paper. And then an ecstatic scream of joy; and then, alas!
a quick feminine change to hysterical tears and wails, necessitating the
immediate employment of all the comforting powers of the lord of the flat.
For there lay The Combs--the set of
combs, side and back, that Della had worshipped long in a Broadway window.
Beautiful combs, pure tortoise shell, with jewelled rims--just the shade
to wear in the beautiful vanished hair. They were expensive combs, she
knew, and her heart had simply craved and yearned over them without the
least hope of possession. And now, they were hers, but the tresses that
should have adorned the coveted adornments were gone.
But she hugged them to her bosom,
and at length she was able to look up with dim eyes and a smile and say:
"My hair grows so fast, Jim!"
And them Della leaped up like a
little singed cat and cried, "Oh, oh!"
Jim had not yet seen his beautiful
present. She held it out to him eagerly upon her open palm. The dull
precious metal seemed to flash with a reflection of her bright and ardent
"Isn't it a dandy, Jim? I hunted
all over town to find it. You'll have to look at the time a hundred times
a day now. Give me your watch. I want to see how it looks on it."
Instead of obeying, Jim tumbled
down on the couch and put his hands under the back of his head and smiled.
"Dell," said he, "let's put our
Christmas presents away and keep 'em a while. They're too nice to use just
at present. I sold the watch to get the money to buy your combs. And now
suppose you put the chops on."
The magi, as you know, were wise
men--wonderfully wise men--who brought gifts to the Babe in the manger.
They invented the art of giving Christmas presents. Being wise, their
gifts were no doubt wise ones, possibly bearing the privilege of exchange
in case of duplication. And here I have lamely related to you the
uneventful chronicle of two foolish children in a flat who most unwisely
sacrificed for each other the greatest treasures of their house. But in a
last word to the wise of these days let it be said that of all who give
gifts these two were the wisest. O all who give and receive gifts, such as
they are wisest. Everywhere they are wisest. They are the magi.
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Vegetarian Recipes For The
Serving Size: 6
1. Heat 1 tablespoon
oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high
- 5 teaspoons
olive oil -- divided
- 3 cups diced
peeled butternut squash
- 2 cups sliced
leek -- ( 1/2-inch-thick)
- 1 1/2 cups
sliced carrot -- (1-inch-thick)
- 1 1/2 cups
sliced parsnip --
- 1 cup sliced
celery -- (1/2-inch-thick)
- 10 garlic
cloves -- halved
- 2 bay leaves
- 2 thyme
- 1 tablespoon
- 1 tablespoon
- 1 cup dry red
- 1/2 cup
- 1 can
chickpeas -- drained (19-ounce)
- 3/4 teaspoon
salt -- divided
- 1/2 teaspoon
- 1/4 cup
chopped fresh parsley
- 6 portobello
- thyme springs
Combine squash and next 5
ingredients (squash through garlic)
and saute for 8 minutes or until
lightly browned, stirring
Add bay leaves and 2 thyme sprigs,
and stir in tomato paste.
Stir in flour and wine, reduce heat
to medium-low, and cook for 5
Stir in the broth and chickpeas.
Cover and simmer 20 minutes or until
vegetables are tender.
Stir in 1/2 teaspoon salt pepper,
and chopped parsley.
Discard bay leaves and thyme.
mushroom stems; slice caps.
Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large
nonstick skillet over medium-high
Add sliced mushrooms, and cook 5
minutes, stirring constantly.
Sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt.
Serve ragout over mushrooms.
Garnish with additional thyme
springs, if desired.
Yield: 6 servings (servings size: 1
cup ragout and 2/3 cup mushrooms).
Calories 260 (21%
from fat); Fat 6.1g (sat 0.8g, mono
3.2g, poly 1.3g); Protein 9.9g; Carb
46.2g; Fiber 7.1 g; Chol 0mg; Iron
5mg; Sodium 539 mg; Calc 124 mg
Sweet Potato Pie -
Yield: 6 servings
large bowl, combine
all the ingredients
except the pie shell
and mix thoroughly.
Egg replacers (I
1/2 cup Soy or
1/2 ts Baking
1/2 ts Cinnamon
unbaked (9 inch)
Transfer the mixture
to the pie shell.
Bake the pie at 350
for 45 minutes or
until light brown.
- 6 pounds russet potatoes
- 2 heads garlic, tops trimmed off
- 1 stick margarine, room temperature
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 to 2 cups soy milk (it calls for buttermilk, I used soy), warmed
- 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
- freshly ground black pepper, to taste
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News: New Audio CD - From Flight To Might by Rob
With and Recovery From Panic Attacks, Depression and Insomnia
With the arrival of
this new audio CD by Rob Jacobs, the potential of help
for the serious issues of panic attacks, depression and
insomnia greatly increases. This presentation
emotionally describes Rob's experiences, from the
inception of the attacks in 1976, through the period of
depression in 1980, to an unbelievable year of basically
no sleep, and finally, with the help of two
compassionate chiropractic physicians, Doctors Peter
Evans and Gordon Durand, the holistic process leading to
his recovery and peace.
Rob Jacobs takes us
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emotional, physical and spiritual. He specifically
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Never trust a dog to watch your food.
Patrick, Age 10
When you want something expensive, ask your
Matthew, Age 12
Never smart-off to a teacher whose eyes and
ears are twitching.
Andrew, Age 9
Wear a hat when feeding seagulls.
Rocky, Age 9
Sleep in your clothes so you'll be dressed in
Stephanie, Age 8
Never try to hide a piece of broccoli in a
glass of milk.
Rosemary, Age 7
Don't flush the toilet when your dad's in the
Lamar, Age 10
Never ask for anything that costs more than
five dollars when your parents are doing taxes.
Carrol, Age 9
Never bug a pregnant mom.
Nicholas, Age 11
Don't ever be too full for dessert.
Kelly, Age 10
When your dad is mad and asks you, "Do I look
stupid?" don't answer him.
Heather, Age 16
Never tell your mom her diet's not working.
Michael, Age 14
Don't pick on your sister when she's holding a
Joel, Age 12
When you get a bad grade in school, show it to
your mom when she's on the phone.
Alyesha, Age 13
Never try to baptize a cat.
Laura, Age 13
Never spit when on a roller coaster.
Scott, Age 11
Never do pranks at a police station.
Sam, Age 10
Beware of cafeteria food when it looks like
Rob, Age 10
Never tell your little brother that you're not
going to do what your mom told you to do.
Hank, Age 12
Remember you're never too old to hold your
Molly, Age 11
Listen to your brain. It has lots of
Chelsey, Age 7
Stay away from prunes.
Randy, Age 9
Never dare your little brother to paint the
Phillip, Age 13
Forget the cake, go for the icing.
Cynthia, Age 8
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A Poem by William Simpson
As The New Day
As the new day
The mist slowly
the morning sun
In an intimate
flowers dip and pray
Opening to new
joy, new life.
So this day
opens for me.
I begin anew.
Each breath a
and shaped by
to share it with You.
As the blossom
of my heart
entrancing gleam of
I am new again.
I am healed and
I am united with
your persistent love again
I am glorified
and redeemed again.
I am Your
(From the collection, "From The
Path - Verses On The Mystic Journey" click
Here for more)
Copyright 2004 by The Conscious
Living Foundation, All Rights
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News: New Audio CD
- Byways To Blessedness by James
Allen (4 CD Set)
Many of our
members and visitors are familiar with the James Allen's classic book
"As A Man Thinketh". This is Mr. Allen's most popular book and is
a wonderful introduction to his view of the power of thoughts, words and
actions. For those who have not read it, "As A Man Thinketh" is available in the
"E-Books" section of our website at no charge. We also offer an
audio version of the book
However, the most complete expression of his approach
to living is contained in his masterwork "Byways To Blessedness".
This book is the most
complete, detailed and in-depth expression of James Allen’s
inspirational vision of the path to conscious evolution. As "As A Man
Thinketh" was the introductory course to his thoughts and wisdom,
"Byways To Blessedness" is James Allen's Master's thesis.
Ours is the only complete audio version of this work available anywhere.
This four CD unabridged recording
contains the keys to personal happiness, prosperity, health and
Experience James Allen's insightful ideas and encouragement
within such chapters as:
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News: New Audio CD - Discovering Spirit -
Informal Talks and Guided Meditation (2 CD Set)
Discovering Spirit is an
inspirational collection of informal talks and a relaxing guided
meditation with the Director of The Conscious
Foundation, William Simpson.
Topics include: "God Is
Within", "What Do We Do When We're Not Meditating?",
"Perspective On The Path", "God's Forgiveness and Non-Judgment",
"Sitting In The Stillness", "How To Practice Affirmations" and
"The Nature of God".
"If we can free
ourselves from this conception that God has a measuring tape
with him all the time... it limits our understanding of the true
nature of God as sweetness, as comfort, as compassion, as love.
God knows every single act we have ever undertaken... every
thought we've ever had - every feeling, every emotion. And yet,
with all that awareness, with all that knowledge, God's only
response is love. Because God knows our true nature... And all
these mistakes we make, are merely superficial coverings that
will be washed away. Our essence has been, is, and will be,
ever unchanging light, love, joy, awareness and bliss."
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selections from this new recording, click
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The Way to Happiness
your heart free from hate
Keep your mind free from worry
Fill your life with love
Think of others
Do as you would be done
Another Bill of Rights
You have the right to be you-the way you are. the way you
want to be.
You have the right to grow, to change, to become, to
strive. to reach for any goal, to be limited only by your degree of talent
and amount of effort.
You have the right to privacy-in marriage, family, or any
relationship or group-the right to keep a part of your life secret, no
matter how trivial or important, merely because you want it to be that
way. You have the right to be alone part of the each day, each week and
each year to spend time with and on yourself.
You have the right to be loved and to love, to be accepted,
cared for, and adored, and you have the right to fulfill that right.
You have the right to ask questions of anyone at anytime in
any matter that effects your life, so long as it is your business to do
so; and to be listened to and taken seriously.
You have the right to self-respect and to do everything you
need to do to increase your self-esteem, so long as you hurt no one in
You have the right to be happy, to find something in the
world that is meaningful and rewarding to you and that gives you a sense
You have the right to be trusted and to trust and to be
taken at your word. If you are wrong, you have the right to be given a
chance to make a good if possible.
You have the right to change your mind.
You have the right to be free as long as you act
responsibly and are mindful of the rights of others and of those
obligations that you entered into freely.
You have the right to win, to succeed, to compete, to make
plans. to see those plans fulfilled. to become the best you can possibly
- You have a right
to boundaries and limits, a right to be intentional, a right to choice.
Words Of Truth
To the world you might be one person, but to one person you
might be the world.
Going to church does not make you a Christian anymore than
going to McDonalds makes you a hamburger.
Real friends are those who, when you feel you've made a
fool of yourself, don't feel you've done a permanent job.
A coincidence is when God performs a miracle, and decides
to remain anonymous.
Sometimes the majority only means that all the fools are on
the same side.
I don't have to attend every argument I'm invited to.
Lead your life so you won't be ashamed to sell the family
parrot to the town gossip.
People gather bundles of sticks to build bridges they never
Life is 10% of what happens to you, and 90% of how you
respond to it.
Did it ever occur to you that nothing occurs to God?
Life is like an onion, you peel off one layer at a time and
sometimes you weep.
Learn from the mistakes of others. You can't live long
enough to make them all yourself.
There are two things I've learned: There is a God. And, I'm
Following the path of least resistance is what makes rivers
and men crooked.
Your worst days are never so bad that you are beyond the
reach of God's grace and your best days are never so good that you are
beyond the need of God's grace.
When it comes time to die...make sure all you got to do is
Don't be afraid to learn. Knowledge is weightless, a
treasure you can always carry easily.
Thoughts To Live By
Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of
things not seen.
A good example is the best sermon.
Every good thought is a prayer.
What we pray for may not be for our ultimate good. "No" can
be an answer to a prayer as well as "Yes."
If you worry, why pray? If you pray, why worry?
No one is easier to deceive than oneself.
The greatest fault of all is to be conscious of none.
Any good that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to
any fellow creature, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it, for
I shall not pass this way again.
No matter how hopeless the present problem may seem,
remember: This, too, shall pass.
Living in harmony with ourselves is essential to living in
harmony with others,
Fear is the enemy of good works; it is a deadly sickness of
More things are accomplished by prayer than the world
Knowledge advances one step at a time; let us be patient.
One with God is always in the majority.
How poor are they that have not patience; what wound did
ever heal but by degrees?
No one's knowledge can go beyond experience.
The misfortunes which are hardest to bear are those which
Growth is the only evidence of life.
A person who makes no mistakes usually does not make
Love is understanding, acceptance, and tenderness. If it
tries to strangle and possess, it is not love.
The more often we think and act honestly, the stronger the
The journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step.
The task ahead of us is never as great as the Power within
They hurt the absent who quarrel with the drunken.
Al-Anon is a kissing cousin to invention because they were
both born of necessity.
If you find life is empty, try putting something into it.
Beware of the rubber conscience and the concrete heart.
The trouble with many of us is that in trying times we stop
15 Ways to Enhance Your Day
Get up early.
Look around outside before going to work
Relax and enjoy your meals.
Spend time with friends.
Find a quiet place to go to.
Praise yourself and others.
Develop positive relationships.
See your mistakes as stepping stones.
Keep track of your own moods so you can watch out for them.
Say No without feeling guilty.
Learn effective time management.
Pay attention to health, diet and sleep.
Keep from comparing yourself to others.
What I've Learned
I've learned that you cannot make someone love you. All you
can do is be someone who can be loved. The rest is up to them.
I've learned that no matter how much I care, some people
just don't care back.
I've learned that it's not what you have in your life, but
who you have in your life that counts.
I've learned that you can get by on charm for about 15
minutes. After that, you'd better know something.
I've learned that you shouldn't compare yourself to the
best others can do, but to the best you can do.
I've learned that it's not what happens to people that's
important. It's what they do about it.
I've learned that no matter how thin you slice it, there
are always two sides.
I've learned that it's taking me a long time to become the
person I want to be.
I've learned that it's a lot easier to react than it is to
I've learned that you should always leave loved ones with
loving words. It may be the last time you see them.
I've learned that you can keep going long after you think
I've learned that we are responsible for what we do, no
matter how we feel.
I've learned that either you control your attitude or it
I've learned that regardless of how hot and steamy a
relationship is at first, the passion fades and there had better be
something else to take its place.
I've learned that heroes are the people who do what has to
be done when it needs to be done, regardless of the consequences.
I've learned that learning to forgive takes practice.
I've learned that there are people who love you dearly, but
just don't know how to show it.
I've learned that money is a lousy way of keeping score.
I've learned that my best friend and I can do anything or
nothing and have the best time.
I've learned that sometimes the people you expect to kick
you when you're down may be the ones to help you get back up.
I've learned that I'm getting more and more like my
grandma, and I'm kinda happy about it.
I've learned that sometimes when I'm angry I have the right
to be angry, but that doesn't give me the right to be cruel.
I've learned that true friendship continues to grow, even
over the longest distance. Same goes for true love.
I've learned that just because someone doesn't love you the
way you want them to doesn't mean they don't love you with all they have.
I've learned that maturity has more to do with what types
of experiences you've had and what you've learned from them and less to do
with how many birthdays you've celebrated.
I've learned that you should never tell a child her dreams
are unlikely or outlandish. Few things are more humiliating, and what a
tragedy it would be if she believed it.
I've learned that your family won't always be there for
you. It may seem funny, but people you aren't related to can take care of
you and love you and teach you to trust people again. Families aren't
I've learned that no matter how good a friend someone is,
they're going to hurt you every once in a while and you must forgive them
I've learned that it isn't always enough to be forgiven by
others. Sometimes you have to learn to forgive yourself.
I've learned that no matter how bad your heart is broken
the world doesn't stop for your grief.
I've learned that our background and circumstances may have
influenced who we are, but we are responsible for who we become.
I've learned that sometimes when my friends fight, I'm
forced to choose sides even when I don't want to.
I've learned that just because two people argue, it doesn't
mean they don't love each other. And just because they don't argue, it
doesn't mean they do.
I've learned that sometimes you have to put the individual
ahead of their actions.
I've learned that we don't have to change friends if we
understand that friends change.
I've learned that if you don't want to forget something,
stick it in your underwear drawer.
I've learned that you shouldn't be so eager to find out a
secret. It could change your life forever.
I've learned that the clothes I like best are the ones with
the most holes in them.
I've learned that two people can look at the exact same
thing and see something totally different.
I've learned that no matter how you try to protect your
children, they will eventually get hurt and you will hurt in the process.
I've learned that there are many ways of falling and
staying in love.
I've learned that no matter the consequences, those who are
honest with themselves, get further in life.
I've learned that many things can be powered by the mind,
the trick is self-control.
I've learned that no matter how many friends you have, if
you are their pillar, you will feel lonely and lost at the times you need
I've learned that your life can be changed in a matter of
hours by people who don't even know you.
I've learned that even when you think you have no more to
give, when a friend cries out to you, you will find the strength to help.
I've learned that writing, as well as talking, can ease
I've learned that the paradigm we live in is not all that
is offered to us.
I've learned that credentials on the wall do not make you a
decent human being.
I've learned that the people you care most about in life
are taken from you too soon.
I've learned that although the word "love" can have many
different meanings, it loses value when overly used.
I've learned that it's hard to determine where to draw the
line between being nice and not hurting people's feelings and standing up
for what you believe.
I've learned that no matter how fast or how far you go, you
can't outrun God.
I've learned that no matter how far away I've been, He'll
always welcome me back.
I've learned that love is not for me to keep, but to pass
on to the next person I see.
- I've learned
that even if you do the right thing for the wrong reason, it's still the
wrong thing to do.
Things We Can Learn from a Dog
Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joy ride.
Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face
to be pure ecstasy.
When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.
When it's in your best interest, practice obedience.
Let others know when they've invaded your territory.
Take naps and stretch before rising.
Run, romp and play daily.
Eat with gusto and enthusiasm.
Never pretend to be something you're not.
If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.
When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by
and nuzzle them gently.
Thrive on attention and let people touch you.
Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.
On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady
When you're happy, dance around and wag your entire body.
No matter how often you're scolded, don't buy into the
guilt thing and pout .. run right back and make friends.
Delight in the simple joys of a long walk.
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News: New Audio Book CD - "The World As I See It" by
Albert Einstein was one of the
most influential men of the 20th century. In addition to his
fundamental contributions to physics, he also modeled behaviors and
attitudes of humanism and non-violence that continue to inspire at
the beginning of the 21st century.
Some of his thoughts on
"I want to know how God
created this world. I am not interested in this or that
phenomenon, in the spectrum of this or that element. I want to
know His thoughts; the rest are details."
"Science without religion
is lame. Religion without science is blind."
"My religion consists of
a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who
reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive
with our frail and feeble mind."
"The intuitive mind is a
sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have
created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the
The topics of his talks include:
"The World As I See
It" "Religion and
"Good and Evil" "Paradise
"Education and Educators" "Society and
"Impressions of America" "Wealth and
"Students and Disarmament"
"Letter To Sigmund Freud" "Arnold Berliner's
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- A History:
than 2000 years ago there was a time
when the land of Israel was part of
the Syrian Empire, dominated by
Syrian rulers of the dynasty of the
In order to relate the story that
led up to Chanukah, we shall start
with Antiochus III, the King of
Syria, who reigned from 3538 to 3574
(222-186 B.C.E.). He had waged war
with King Ptolemy of Egypt over the
possession of the Land of Israel.
Antiochus III was victorious and the
Land of Israel was annexed to his
empire. At the beginning of his
reign he was favorably disposed
toward the Jews and accorded them
some privileges. Later on, however,
when he was beaten by the Romans and
compelled to pay heavy taxes, the
burden fell upon the various peoples
of his empire who were forced to
furnish the heavy gold that was
required of him by the Romans. When
Antiochus died, his son Seleucus IV
took over, and further oppressed the
Added to the
troubles from the outside were the
grave perils that threatened Judaism
from within. The influence of the
Hellenists (people who accepted
idol-worship and the Syrian way of
life) was increasing. Yochanan, the
High Priest, foresaw the danger to
Judaism from the penetration of
Syrian-Greek influence into the Holy
Land. For, in contrast to the ideal
of outward beauty held by the Greeks
and Syrians, Judaism emphasizes
truth and moral purity, as commanded
by God in the holy Torah. The Jewish
people could never give up their
faith in God and accept the
idol-worship of the Syrians.
therefore opposed to any attempt on
the part of the Jewish Hellenists to
introduce Greek and Syrian customs
into the land. The Hellenists hated
him. One of them told the King’s
commissioner that in the treasury of
the Temple there was a great deal of
The wealth in the
treasury consisted of the
contributions of "half a shekel"
made by all adult Jews annually.
That was given for the purpose of
the sacrifices on the altar, as well
as for fixing and improving the
Temple building. Another part of the
treasury consisted of orphans’ funds
which were deposited for them until
they became of age. Seleucus needed
money in order to pay the Romans. He
sent his minister Helyodros to take
the money from the treasury of the
Temple. In vain did Yochanan, the
High Priest, beg him not to do it.
Helyodros did not listen and entered
the gate of the Temple. But
suddenly, he became pale with
fright. The next moment he fainted
and fell to the ground. After
Helyodros came to, he did not dare
A short time later, Seleucus was
killed and his brother Antiochus IV
began to reign over Syria (in 3586 -
174 B.C.E.). He was a tyrant of a
rash and impetuous nature,
contemptuous of religion and of the
feelings of others. He was called "Epiphanes,"
meaning "the gods’ beloved." Several
of the Syrian rulers received
similar titles. But a historian of
his time, Polebius, gave him the
epithet Epimanes ("madman"), a title
more suitable to the character of
this harsh and cruel king.
Desiring to unify his
kingdom through the medium of a
common religion and culture,
Antiochus tried to root out the
individualism of the Jews by
suppressing all the Jewish Laws. He
removed the righteous High Priest,
Yochanan, from the Temple in
Jerusalem, and in his place
installed Yochanan’s brother Joshua,
who loved to call himself by the
Greek name of Jason. For he was a
member of the Hellenist party, and
he used his high office to spread
more and more of the Greek customs
among the priesthood.
Joshua or Jason
was later replaced by another man,
Menelaus, who had promised the king
that he would bring in more money
than Jason did. When Yochanan, the
former High Priest, protested
against the spread of the
Hellenists’ influence in the Holy
Temple, the ruling High Priest hired
murderers to assassinate him.
Antiochus was at
that time engaged in a successful
war against Egypt. But messengers
from Rome arrived and commanded him
to stop the war, and he had to
yield. Meanwhile, in Jerusalem, a
rumor spread that a serious
accident, had befallen Antiochus.
Thinking that he was dead, the
people rebelled against Menelaus.
The treacherous High Priest fled
together with his friends.
Antiochus returned from Egypt enraged by Roman interference with his
ambitions. When he heard what had
taken place in Jerusalem, he ordered
his army to fall upon the Jews.
Thousands of Jews were killed.
Antiochus then enacted a series of
harsh decrees against the Jews.
Jewish worship was forbidden; the
scrolls of the Law were confiscated
and burned. Sabbath rest,
circumcision and the dietary laws
were prohibited under penalty of
death. Even one of the respected
elders of that generation, Rabbi
Eliezer, a man of 90, was ordered by
the servants of Antiochus to eat
pork so that others would do the
same. When he refused they suggested
to him that he pick up the meat to
his lips to appear to be eating. But
Rabbi Eliezer refused to do even
that and was put to death.
There were thousands
of others who likewise sacrificed
their lives. The famous story of
Hannah and her seven children
happened at that time.
went from town to town and from
village to village to force the
inhabitants to worship pagan gods.
Only one refuge area remained and
that was the hills of Judea with
their caves. But even there did the
Syrians pursue the faithful Jews,
and many a Jew died a martyr’s
One day the henchmen of Antiochus
arrived in the village of Modin
where Mattityahu, the old priest,
lived. The Syrian officer built an
altar in the marketplace of the
village and demanded that Mattityahu
offer sacrifices to the Greek gods.
Mattityahu replied, "I, my sons and
my brothers are determined to remain
loyal to the covenant which our God
made with our ancestors!"
Hellenistic Jew approached the altar
to offer a sacrifice. Mattityahu
grabbed his sword and killed him,
and his sons and friends fell upon
the Syrian officers and men. They
killed many of them and chased the
rest away. They then destroyed the
that Antiochus would be enraged when
he heard what had happened. He would
certainly send an expedition to
punish him and his followers.
Mattityahu, therefore, left the
village of Modin and fled together
with his sons and friends to the
hills of Judea.
All loyal and
courageous Jews joined them. They
formed legions and from time to time
they left their hiding places to
fall upon enemy detachments and
outposts, and to destroy the pagan
altars that were built by order of
Before his death, Mattityahu called his sons together and urged them to
continue to fight in defense of G
d’s Torah. He asked them to follow
the counsel of their brother Shimon
the Wise. In waging warfare, he
said, their leader should be Yehuda
the Strong. Yehuda was called "Maccabee,"
a word composed of the initial
letters of the four Hebrew words Mi
Komocho Bo’eilim Hashem, "Who is
like unto Thee, O God."
Antiochus sent his
General Apolonius to wipe out Yehuda
and his followers, the Maccabees.
Though greater in number and
equipment than their adversaries,
the Syrians were defeated by the
Maccabees. Antiochus sent out
another expedition which also was
defeated. He realized that only by
sending a powerful army could he
hope to defeat Yehuda and his brave
An army consisting
of more than 40,000 men swept the
land under the leadership of two
commanders, Nicanor and Gorgiash.
When Yehuda and his brothers heard
of that, they exclaimed: "Let us
fight unto death in defense of our
souls and our Temple!" The people
assembled in Mitzpah, where Samuel,
the prophet of old, had offered
prayers to God. After a series of
battles the war was won.
Now the Maccabees returned to
Jerusalem to liberate it. They
entered the Temple and cleared it of
the idols placed there by the Syrian
vandals. Yehuda and his followers
built a new altar, which he
dedicated on the twenty-fifth of the
month of Kislev, in the year 3622.
Since the golden
Menorah had been stolen by the
Syrians, the Maccabees now made one
of cheaper metal. When they wanted
to light it, they found only a small
cruse of pure olive oil bearing the
seal of the High Priest Yochanan. It
was sufficient to light only for one
day. By a miracle of God, it
continued to burn for eight days,
till new oil was made available.
That miracle proved that God had
again taken His people under His
protection. In memory of this, our
sages appointed these eight days for
annual thanksgiving and for lighting
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