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    At the top of the Home Page:
    --Heaven blow through me...
    --Our worst prayers our best?
    --Praying in secret

    Midway down the page:
    --New! Rabbi Lawrence Goldmark: One Hope for Israel
    --Meditate with dignity

    For Prayer Warriors who scroll down:
    --As a stone before the Carver...
    --Give me Thy joy

    And the Last Word: The alphabet prayer


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Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

--Leonardo Da Vinci
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And now, the Last Word:
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(Originally printed in the Orange County Register on August 12, 2006)

    Question to Rabbi Goldmark from Register reporter Ann Pepper:
           “What do most Orange County Jews hope for Israel?”

    Answer by Rabbi Lawrence Goldmark:
    "An Israeli is a citizen of Israel. A Jew is a member of the Jewish
    people and can live in any country in the world, including the United
    States.  That’s simple enough.  I am an American citizen first and
    foremost.  But, I am also vitally concerned...continued on the Editorial Page
Most Jews Share One Hope for Israel
A grandfather was walking through his yard when he heard
his granddaughter repeating the alphabet in a tone of voice
that sounded like a prayer. He asked her what she was doing.
The little girl explained: "I'm praying, but I can't think of exactly
the right words, so I'm just saying all the letters, and God will put
them together for me, because He knows what I'm thinking."

Charles B. Vaughan
Heaven, blow through me.
Lift me past the edges of my life.
Cast me in a clearer light.
Scoop me up trembling, spent.
Certain I have nothing left to give.
Give me comfort, solace,
blood flowing through my heart,
That I breathe Your breath
at last.
Meg Campbell
From 'Bedside Prayers'
HarperSanFrancisco, 1997
What seem our worst prayers may really be, in God's eyes, our
best. Those, I mean, which are least supported by devotional
feeling. For these may come from a deeper level than feeling.
God sometimes seems to speak to us most intimately when He
catches us, as it were, off our guard.

Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963)
Better known as C. S. Lewis and best known for writing 'The Chronicles of Narnia'
When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, who love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on
street corners so that others may see them. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward.
But when you pray, go to your inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. And
your Father who sees in secret will repay you. In praying, do not babble like the pagans, who think
that they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them. Your Father knows what
you need before you ask him.

Matthew 6: 5-8
New American Bible
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In meditating, sit with the dignity
of a king or queen, and stay
centered in this dignity as you
pass through the day.

The Buddha (c. 563 - c. 483 BC)
Sometimes I consider myself there as a stone before a carver, whereof he is to make a
statue; presenting myself thus before God, I desire Him to form His perfect image in my
soul, and make me entirely like Him...

When you are busied, or meditating on spiritual things, even in our time of set devotion,
whilst our voice is rising in prayer, we ought to cease for one brief moment, as often as
we can, to worship God
in the depth of our being, to taste Him as it were by stealth.
Brother Lawrence (Nicholas Herman c. 1605-1691)
French lay brother who worked mostly in the kitchen during his life
From 'The Practice of the Presence of God'
Spire Books. 2004
The best course is to pray: "Lord, make me happy with awareness of
Thee. Give me freedom from all earthly desires, and above all give me
Thy joy that outlasts all the happy and sad experiences of life."

Paramahansa Yogananda (1893-1952)
Founder of Self-Realization Fellowship
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