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I'm Lisa Bowman, editor of The Religion Network, a multi-faith Web site. This site provides inspirational quotes through an
exploration of a new spiritual theme every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The Religion network is offered with the
conviction that inspiration can be found in all spiritual faiths, and furthermore, that finding the commonalities
among the world's religions is more healing than pointing up their differences.

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ON TODAY'S SITE:
The Rebbe, Tzvi Freeman,
Marion Schoeberlein, Book of Genesis, Book of John, Book of Matthew

Dear Friends,
At Chanukah we pause here at The Religion Network to think about light - God's Light.
The miracle of the oil that lasted for eight days in the Temple, when there was only enough
for one day is metaphoric for the love and the light that the Lord sheds upon us. We see the
power of God's light in all religious traditions, as few examples of which you'll find below.

hanukkah_menorah    
Chanukah Menorah
Source: About.com


Without miracles, we might come to believe that the laws of physics
define reality. Once we witness the inexplicable, we see that there is
a higher reality. And then we look back at physics and say, "This too
is a miracle." The miracle of a small flask of oil burning for eight
days was this sort of miracle.

Then there are those small miracles that occur every day. Those acts
of synchronicity we call 'coincidence' because, in them, G-d prefers to
remain anonymous. But when we open our eyes and hearts, we see
there is truly no place void of this wondrous, unlimited G-d. These
were the sort of miracles the Maccabees saw in their battles
against the mighty Greek army.



Wisdom from the Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson (1902-1994)
Words and condensation by Tzvi Freeman

Courtesy of
Chabad.org


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AUTOGRAPH

God wrote his autograph
Upon the sky last night,
In stars I never saw
A signature so bright.

With the dawn again
For watchers to behold---
He wrote His name in sunlight,
An autograph of gold.



Marion Schoeberlein



Excerpted from "Bedside Prayers,"
by June Cotner
HarperSanFrancisco



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All the world's problems stem from light being withheld.
Our job, then, is to correct this. Wherever we find light,
we must rip away its casings, exposing it to all, letting
it shine forth to the darkest ends of the earth.
Especially the light you yourself hold.



Wisdom from the Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson
Words and condensation by Tzvi Freeman
Courtesy of
Chabad.org




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And God made two great lights; the greater
light to rule the day, and the lesser light
to rule the night: he made the stars also.
And God set them in the firmament of the
heaven to give light upon the earth,
And to rule over the day and over the
night, and to divide the light from the
darkness: and God saw that it was good.



Genesis 1:15-18
The Holy Bible
King James Version


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Jesus spoke to them again, saying, "I am the light
of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in
darkness, but will have the light of life."

John 8:12
New American Bible


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You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain
cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and then put
it under a bushel basket; it is set on a lampstand, where
it gives light to all in the house. Just so, your light must
shine before others, that they may see your good deeds
and glorify your heavenly Father.



Matthew 5:14-16
New American Bible


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All the world's problems stem from light being withheld.
Our job, then, is to correct this. Wherever we find light,
we must rip away its casings, exposing it to all, letting
it shine forth to the darkest ends of the earth.
Especially the light you yourself hold.



Wisdom from the Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson
Words and condensation by Tzvi Freeman
Courtesy of Chabad.org



And now, the Last Word:

The light which shines in the eye
is really the light of the heart.
The light which fills the heart
is the light of God...


Rumi (1207-1273)
Persian poet, Islamic jurist and theologian


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Bonus Quote:

This is the highest wisdom that I own...
freedom and life are earned by those who
conquer them each day anew.

Goethe

 

see also:
THE
MIRACLE OF
CHANUKAH


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