TODAY'S THEME: The Importance of Friends
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I offer my hand of five fingers and you offer yours.
Together we have a complete ten. This is a hand-
shake: You and I are only fragments of the whole -
until we come together.

The Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson (1902-1994)
Prominent Hasidic Rabbi of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement
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Oil and incense gladden the heart, so does the sweetness of one's
friend from his sincere counsel.

As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens his fellow.

As water reflects a face back to a face, so one's heart
is reflected back to him by another.

Proverbs 27: 9, 17, 19
The Stone Edition Tanach

Don't overlook the value of friendship. Don't neglect friends.

Friends are a joy. Adult friendships can be a good place for
us to learn to have fun and to appreciate how much fun
we can have with a friend.

Friends can be a comfort. Who knows us better, or is more
able to give us support, than a good friend? A friendship is
a comfortable place to be ourselves.

Excerpted from "The Language of Letting Go,"
by Melody Beattie
Hazeldon, 1990


In the sweetness of friendship let there be
laughter, and sharing of pleasures. For in
the dew of little things the heart finds
its morning and is refreshed.

Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931)
Lebanese American artist, poet and writer


Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.

Victor Borge (1909-2000)
Danish-American entertainer known as
the Clown Prince of Denmark

Hand painted china teacups by Lissi Kaplan

From time to time, to remind ourselves to relax, to be peaceful,
we may wish to set aside some time for a retreat, a day of mind-
fulness, when we walk slowly, smile, drink tea with a friend,
and enjoy being together as if we are the
happiest people on earth.

Thich Nhat Hanh (1926-   )
Zen Buddhist monk and author


The wisdom of G-d is intended to do one thing: to teach us how
to love, to transcend our material boundaries and reach a more
spiritual place. Such a journey is only made through the soul,
and love is the language that we must learn to speak along
the way. Love is a way of talking to G-d. When you look
into someone's eyes and love that person, you are
transcending the physical world and
connecting to God.

Excerpted from "Toward a Meaningful Life,
The Wisdom of The Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson,"
by Simon Jacobson
Perennial Currents, 2004


And now, the Last Word:

Each tender touch of those who share
and take their time to show they care,
makes me pause to thank again
the Lord above for the gift of friends.

Kate Buxbaum Prado




































Bonus quote:

His high endeavors are an inward light
That makes the path before him always bright.

William Wordsworth (1770-1850)
English romantic poet


On today's
Home Page:

The Rebbe;
Book of Proverbs;
Melody Beattie;
Kahlil Gibran;
Victor Borge;
Nhat Hanh;
Kate Prado


Dr. Jess
"The Other