Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Monday, November 26, 2007
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
The Chutzpah Chronicles on Faithbook compare Thanksgiving to Shabbat. She says that the way most Americans celebrate Thanksgiving is similar to how she saw Shabbat celebrated in Jerusalem.
These are good to know, particularly the faithbook link. I may not have the time to celebrate Shabbat completely now, but it's helpful to have a picture of how God might have intended us to observe the day.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Sunday, November 18, 2007
I ordered my cards today. My inspiration for the image was a kind of deconstructed hanukkiah, with nine candles arranged in more or less a straight line.
Friday, November 16, 2007
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Saturday, November 10, 2007
Thursday, November 8, 2007
But I'll continue.
I was standing in line at the grocery store, waiting to buy my dinner. There was a guy in front of me, buying some deli food. His food stamps card didn't have enough money; there was a balance of $1.62. He asked his buddy for money, and the guy started cursing at him. I quietly handed the cashier the $10 I was going to use to pay for my food, and told the cursing guy to be quiet, because it was taken care of.
The guy who was buying the food turned to me, and looked kind of shocked. He asked if I had paid, and I said yes. He didn't say thanks.
I knew I did the right thing, though. When I paid for my food, I had the exact change I needed. I smiled while I walked the rest of the way to work. It felt good.
- mouthing the words of the text
- pronouncing these distinctly
- understanding the text and using discernment
- studying in a spirit of awe, reverence, humility and good cheer
- ministering to the wise
- having good fellow students
- arguing with students
- serenity of mind
- having a knowledge of Scripture and Mishnah
- engaging in moderation in business, in worldly matters, in pleasures, in sleep, in conversation, in laughter
- having patience
- being good-natured
- having confidence in the wise
- tolerating one's suffering
- recognizing one's place
- rejoicing in one's lot
- caution in speech
- claiming no credit for achievement
- being a lovable person
- loving God and all His creatures
- loving righteousness
- straight dealing and rebuke
- keeping aloof from fame
- having no pride in one's learning
- having no personal pleasure in rendering decisions
- bearing the yoke with one's companions and judging them favorably and helping them in their pursuit of truth and peace
- being composed in study
- asking questions and attempting to provide solutions
- listening and then adding to the information imparted
- studying in order to teach and to practice
- making one's teacher wise
- attending carefully to what he says
- repeating a teaching in the name of its author, giving the author the credit that is due