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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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God's giving knows no bounds, and religious holy days are one means by which
we acknowledge the endless blessings He has bestowed and continues
Shavuot, which ends on Saturday, marks the 3321st anniversary of God's gift of the Torah to the
Jewish people. The Torah consists of the Five Books of Moses, the Prophets and the Writings,
(Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy) as well as the Oral Law, which was
also spoken to Moses on Mt. Sinai and has been passed down and transcribed through the
many generations since then, in the Mishna, Talmud and Midrash.
The Ten Commandments figure prominently during these holy days, but Shavuot is also
about relationship with God, both of which pertain not only to Hebrews but to everyone.
Today's second quote joyously delineates God's passionate love for us.
View of Mt. Sinai in the distance
On the third day when it was morning, there was thunder and lightning
and a heavy cloud on the mountain, and the sound of the shofar was very
powerful, and the entire people that was in the camp shuddered. Moses
brought the people forth from the camp toward God, and they stood at the
bottom of the mountain. All of Mount Sinai was smoking because Hashem
had descended upon it in the fire; its smoke ascended like the smoke of the
furnace, and the entire mountain shuddered exceedingly. The sound of the
shofar grew continually much stronger; Moses would speak and God
would respond to him with a voice. Hashem descended upon
Mount Sinai to the top of the mountain, and Moses ascended...
God spoke all these statements, saying:
I am Hashem, your God, Who has taken you out of the land of Egypt,
from the house of slavery. You shall not recognize the gods of others
in my presence. You shall not make yourself a carved image nor any
likeness of that which is in the heavens above or on the earth below
or in the water beneath the earth. You shall not prostrate yourself to
them nor worship them, for I am Hashem, your God - a jealous God...
The Stone Edition Tanach
Mount Sinai region
Does G-d then laugh? Is He so vulnerable as to cry over failure and rejoice in success?
Does He that brings heaven and earth into existence truly love with the passion of a
frail human being? Can the Infinite Light feel regret, just as a creature
trapped within the tunnel of time?
But G-d desired Man with all his struggles. The proof: We are here.
And G-d looked down from His lofty realm beyond love and laughter
and passion and remorse, down into this thought of a human being,
and He said, "Shall he then be alone in his place and I in mine?
Is this oneness?"
So He arranged a meeting place, in the boundless emotions that are the fabric
of Man's soul and are reflected within the bowels of the Infinite Light.
So that in love and laughter and compassion and awe and beauty,
Man and G-d could find one another, and neither would be alone.
By Tzvi Freeman
Courtesy of Chabad.org
The Last Word :
On seeing a rainbow:
Blessed are you, O God, our Lord, King of the Universe, who remembers the covenant,
is faithful to his covenant,
and keeps his promise.
Random Bonus Quote:
Talk doesn't cook rice.