Sunday, May 20, 2007

1) Exodus 20:3-6 (First Commandment)

"You shall not recognize the gods of others in My presence. You shall not make yourself a carved image nor any lineness of that which is in the heavens above or on the earth below or in the water beneath the earth. You shall not prostrate yourself to them not worship them for I am Hashem, your G-d, Who visits the sin of fathers upon children to the third and fourth generations, for My enemies; but Who shows kindness for thousands [of generations] to those wh love Me and observe My commandments."

2) Exodus 34:5-7

"Hashem descended in a cloud and stood with him (Moses) there, and He called out with the Name Hashem. Hashem passed before him and proclaimed: 'Hashem, Hashem, G-d, Compassionate and Gracious, Slow to Anger, and Abundant in Kindness and Truth; Preserver of Kindness for thousands of generations, Forgiver of Iniquity, Willful Sin, and Error, and Who Cleanses' -- but does not cleanse completely, recalling the iniquity of parents upon children and grandchildren to the third and fourth generations."

3) Leviticus 23:27-28 (Yom Kippur)

You shall not do any work on this very day, for it is the Day of Atonement to provide you atonement before Hashem, your G-d.

4) Deuteronomy 7:9 (Before entering Israel)

"You must know that Hashem, your G-d -- He is the G-d, the faithful G-d, Who safeguards the covenant and the kindness for those who love Him and for those who observe His commandments, for a thousand generations."

5) Ezekiel 18:21-23

"As for the wicked man, if he repents from all his sind that he committed, and he observes all My decrees and practices justices and righteousness, he shall surely live, h shall not die. All his transgressions that he committed will not be remembered against him; he shall live because of the righteousness that he did. DO I desire at all the death of the wicked man? -- the word of the L-rd Hashem/Elokim. Is it not rather his return from his ways that he might live?"

6) Ezekiel 18:31

"Cast off from upon yourselves all your transgressions through which you have transgressed, and make for yourselves a new heart and a new spirit."

7) Psalms 32:1

"By David, a wise man. Praiseworthy is one who transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered over."

8) Ecclesiastes 10:4

"If the anger of a ruler [i.e., the evil inclination in each person] will get the upper hand [nevertheless:] do not abandon your position..." (Talmud, "He who wants to purify himself, will be helped.") (citation from Our Life's Aim by Naftali Hoffner)

9) Chronicles II 33:10-13

"Hashem spoke to Manasseh and his people, but they did not listen. So Hashem brought against them the officers of the king of Assyria's army, and they captured Manasseh with hunting hooks, bound him in chains and led him off to Babylonia. But in his distress he beseeched Hashem, His G-d, and he humbled himself greatly before the G-d of his fathers. He prayed to Him, and He was entreated by him and heard his supplication, and He returned him to Jerusalem, to his kingship."


10) Lamentations 3:40 (Written by the Prophet Jeremiah in response to the destruction of the Second Temple)

"Let us search our ways and return to Hashem." (57-58: "You always drew near on the day I would You; You said, "Fear not!" You always championed my cause, O L-rd, You redeemed my life.")

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

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A Jew who wears a cross on his neck and calls himself a Christian
I look at him and all I see is
Don Quijote
With his private Sancho Panza Jesus
Chasing false windmills
Help him look in the mirror and shatter his illusions