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    At the top of the Home Page:
    --The roar of the seas
    --Jesus walks on the water
    --Rabbi Goldmark defines branches of Judaism

    Midway down the page:
    --Last chance to buy tickets for Doubt
    --An ocean of bliss: Sri Sathya Sai Baba

    For Prayer Warriors who scroll down:
    --Basil of Caesarera
    --Angelius Sileius

    And the Last Word: A Bengali hymn


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TODAY'S THEME: The Roar of God's Sea
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Cherry Jones won the Tony Award for
Best Actress for her role in Doubt. She
is reprising her role in the LA production.
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Recently, I sat down with Rabbi Lawrence Goldmark for an interview. The rabbi leads Temple Beth Ohr of La Mirada
and is
Executive Vice President of the Pacific Association of Reform Rabbis.

We began with a point of confusion for many Christians.

Question: Rabbi Goldmark, will you please delineate the differences between Reform, Conservative
and Orthodox Judaism?

Rabbi Goldmark answers: "The simplest way to respond is the following: The Orthodox
Jew deals with one word particularly, and that is the term “authority.” Who is the
authority for what I’m supposed to do and what I’m not supposed to do? The Orthodox
Jew would say simply this: It’s God. God gave the Jewish people a set of laws,
commandments. God is the authority. Moses transmitted them from God to us, but God is
the authority. Therefore, how dare us dispute or change the laws when they come from
Reform and Conservative: Let’s use another term – non-Orthodox Jews. What then is
the authority for the Reform and the Conservative Jew? The Orthodox says it’s God; God
gave us the stuff, the laws. We have no right to change them. The Reform Jew took the
radical step, when Reform Judaism essentially began, which was in the middle of the
19th century, in the middle of the 1800s, and said, “Wait..."    
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"Doubt” won the 2005 Pulitzer
Prize for drama, and 2005 Tony
awards for Best Play, Best Actress,
Best Featured Actress and Best
Bill Wright's entire Kabul journal is now in the Archives
Praises to the one whom You choose and draw near to dwell in Your courts; may we
be sated with the goodness of Your House, the holiest part of Your Sanctuary.

With awesome deeds of in righteousness You will answer us, O God of our salvation;
O Security of all (who inhabit) the ends of the earth and those far off at sea,

Who sets the mountains with His strength, Who is girded with might,
Who calms the roar of the seas, the roar of the their waves and the multitude of
regimes. Inhabitants of the furthest ends are awed by Your signs;
with the outgoings of morning and evening You cause joyful praise.
Psalms 65:5-9
The Tanach
The Stone Edition
You have come from God, you are a spark of His Glory;
you are a wave from that Ocean of Bliss;
you will get peace only when you again merge in Him

Sri Sathya Sai Baba (B. 1926)
A South Indian guru with over 6 million followers
I must be sun and paint with my own rays the color-free Sea of total God-head.
Angelius Silesius
17th century German poet
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Steer the ship of my life, good Lord,
to your quiet harbor,
where I can be safe from the storms of sin and conflict.
Show me the course I should take.
Renew in me the gift of discernment,
so that I can always see the right direction in which I
should go,
And give me the strength and the courage
to choose the right course,
even when the sea is rough and the waves are high,
knowing that through enduring hardship and danger
in your name
we shall find comfort and peace.
Basil of Caesarea (c. 330-379)
Bishop of Caesarea: in Greek tradition, his name and not St. Nicholas is linked
to Father Christmas, who visits children and brings them presents
When it was evening, his disciples went down to the sea, embarked in a
boat, and went across the sea to Capernaum. It had already grown dark,
and Jesus had not yet come to them. The sea was stirred up because a
strong wind was blowing. When they had rowed about three or four miles,
they saw Jesus walking on the sea and coming near the boat, and they
began to be afraid. But he said to them, "It is I. Do not be afraid."

John 6:16-20
New American Bible
Dive deep, O mind, dive deep in the ocean of God's beauty!
If you descend to the uttermost depths, there you will find the gem of love.

Bengali Hymn