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Published 12-27-10
Tzvi Freeman, Edgar A. Guest, Benjamin Franklin


Dear Readers,

Forget the New Years Resolutions. Make them if you must,
but it's those tiny growth spurts we make daily that effect real
personal change: starting the day with a prayer, being a touch
more patient with one who annoys us, letting go of a fear,
making a smidgen more room for the Lord in our day.

Tiny bites are easier to chew and digest. It may take a little
longer to feel full, but they enable us to savor the meal
that is life, and enjoy those seated with us at the table.
The mighty arm of God is setting a place for you.

- Lisa

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Window in Assisi, Italy
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You are G-d's needle with which He sews the many
patches of Creation into a single garment for His glory.

At one end, the needle must be hard and sharp,
to squeeze through the ordeal. But the other end must have
a vacant hollow, a nothingness with which to hold the thread.

With the world, be firm and sharp.
Within, feel how small you are before the Infinite.

Tzvi Freeman
From the wisdom of the Rebbe Menachem Schneerson
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doorway in Assisi, Italy
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Prayer for the New Year

Grant me the strength from day to day
To bear what burdens come my way.
Grant me throughout this bright New Year
More to endure and less to fear.
Help me live that I may be
From spite and petty malice free.

Let me not bitterly complain
When cherished hopes of mine prove vain,
Or spoil with deeds of hate and rage
Some fair tomorrow's spotless page.
Lord, as the days shall come and go
In courage let me stronger grow.

Lord, as the New Year dawns today
Help me to put my faults away.
Let me be big in little things;
Grant me the joy which friendship brings.
Keep me from selfishness and spite;
Let me be wise in what is right.

A happy New Year! Grant that I
May bring no tear to any eye.
When this New Year in time shall end
Let it be said I've played the friend,
Have lived and loved and labored here,
And made of it a happy year.

Edgar A. Guest (1881-1959)
American poet

The Last Word:

Be always at war with your vices,
at peace with your neighbors
and let each new year
find you a better man.

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)
American polymath; a Founding Father of the United States
































































Utterly Random Bonus Quote:

Every man is his own ancestor, and every man his own heir.
He devises his own future, and he inherits his own past. 

F. H. Hedge (1805-1890)
American Unitarian clergyman and author


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