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    At the top of the Home Page:
    --Life is love and love is giving
    --Love is the point of the journey
    --Rabbi Goldmark defines branches of Judaism

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    --Last chance to buy tickets for Doubt
    --Divine Love is unfailing

    For Prayer Warriors who scroll down:
    --God's perfect love

    And the Last Word: Cherished


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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..."    
 continued on page 2

"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 complete Kabul journal is now in the Archives
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Feeling strong and strongly feeling.

Being glad and glad of being.

Care for need and needing caring.

Sharing self and selfless sharing.

Full of spirit spirit filling.

Will is warm and warmly willing.

Giving joy enjoy the giving.

Life is love and love is giving.
Joseph Byron
From "Bedside Prayers'
(God's) totality is boundless, self-subsistent love....This love is beyond the comprehension
of the human. It is ineffable, ungraspable, nameless and formless, perfect, and free of all
limitations. Divine love reveals itself to us by its care for the natural world, the cosmos, all
creatures, and ourselves, principally by its close attention to the vast details of the universe.
It mothers us, encourages us, challenges us, and consoles us in times of trial. Divine love is
personal and intimate. It gives itself to us in complete freedom. It is what makes us whole, or
complete, what heals us from the scars or wounds of the human condition.

The divine calls us all into being out of itself. We are meant for it: That is the point of the
spiritual journey.

Wayne Teasdale (1945-2004)
Spiritual teacher, scholar, activist, advocate for the homeless
From 'The Mystic Heart'   New World Library, 2001
Divine Love always has met
and always will meet every human need.

Mary Baker Eddy (1821-1910)
Founder of the Church of Christ, Scientist, in 1879
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When St. John says that fear is
driven out by perfect love, he points
to a love that comes from God, a
divine love...
The perfect love that drives out all
fear is the divine love in which we
are invited to participate. The home,
the intimate place, the place of true
belonging, is therefore not a place
made by human hands. It is
fashioned for us by God, who came
to pitch his tent among us, invite us
to his place, and prepare a room for
us in this own house.
Henri J. M. Nouwen (1932-1996)
Dutch priest who authored 40 books
From 'The Dance of Life'
Ave Maria Press, 2005
God understands you when everyone else misunderstands you.
He is the lover who cherishes you always, no matter what your mistakes.
Others give you their affections for a while and then forsake you,
but He abandons you never!

Paramahansa Yogananda (1893-1952)
Founder of the Self-Realization Fellowship
And now, the Last Word: