Saturday, September 20, 2014

Israel, Nazareth in Particular...............

We just returned from Israel. I snapped these pictures in Nazareth near the Church of Annunciation. The Muslims are aggressively sharing their faith, handing out tracts and literature. The sign on the building reads:

"O people of the Scripture (Christians) do not exceed
the limits in your religion. Say nothing
but the truth about Allah (The One True God).
The Christ Jesus, Son of Mary was only a Messenger of God
And His word conveyed to Mary and a spirit created by Him
So believe in God and His Messengers
and do not say; Three gods (trinity) Cease! It will be better for you
Indeed, Allah is the One and the Only God.
His Holiness is far above having a son" Quran 4:17th


Prayer for Yom Kippur

Birth is a beginning and Death a destination;

From childhood to maturity and youth to age,

From innocence to awareness and ignorance to knowing.

From foolishness to discretion and then, perhaps to wisdom,

From weakness to strength or strength to weakness and back again.

From health to sickness and back, we pray, to health again,

From offense to forgiveness, from loneliness to love,

From joy to gratitude, from pain to compassion.

From grief to understanding, from fear to faith,

From defeat to defeat.

Until looking backward or ahead, we see that

Victory lies not at some high place along the way,

But in having made the Journey, stage by stage.

So we do not lose heart.

Though our outer nature is wasting away,

our inner nature is being renewed every day.

For this slight momentary affliction

is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory.

2 Corinthians 4:16-17

How do you pronounce the name of this holiday? "Yom" rhymes with "home" and "Kippur" sounds like "key poor" with emphasis on the "poor." A lot of Americans (even American Jews) pronounce "Kippur" like the smoked fish dish, kipper, but this really isn't correct.