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This page offers a monthly quote that I hope you will find inspiring or meaningful, thought provoking or on occasion controversial.

Kislev 5779
One of the major problems of our time is religious intolerance.  A deep recognition and study of the different voices of the Bible, and the many ideas that it inspired in the development of Judaism, may help to bring about an atmosphere of diversity and tolerance. By exposing and understanding the pluralistic character of the Bible, we can recognize that there is a place for, and significance to, the kind of debate in which the other view may also be a reflection of divine truth.
Israel Knohl, The Divine Symphony: The Bible's Many Voices

Heshvan 5779
There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn't true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.

Tishrei 5779
Father Mother God, thank You for Your
     presence during the hard and mean days.
     For then we have You to lean upon.
Thank You for Your presence during the
     bright and sunny days, for then we can
     share that which we have with those who
     have less.
And thank You for Your presence during the
     Holy Days, for then we are able to
     celebrate You and our families
     and our friends.
For those who have no voice, we ask You
     to speak.
For those who feel unworthy, we ask You
     to pour Your love out in waterfalls of
     tenderness.
For those who live in pain, we ask You to
     bathe them in the river of Your healing.
For those who are lonely, we ask You to keep
     them company.
For those who are depressed, we ask You to
     shower upon them the light of hope.
Dear Creator, You, the borderless sea of
     substance, we ask you to give all the
     world that which we need most--Peace.
Amen.
Maya Angelou

Elul 5778
I would like to beg of you, dear friend, as well as I can, to have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart.  Try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books written in a foreign language.  Do not now look for the answers.  They cannot now be given to you because you could not live them.  It is a question of experiencing everything.  At present you need to live the question.  Perhaps you will gradually, without even noticing it, find yourself experiencing the answer, some distant day.  Perhaps you are indeed carrying within yourself the potential to visualize, to design, and to create for yourself an utterly satisfying, joyful, and pure lifestyle.  Discipline yourself to attain it, but accept that which comes to you with deep trust, as long as it comes from your own will, from your own inner need, accept it, and do not hate anything.
Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet