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Why I support J-Street

J Street is a home for pro-Israel, pro-peace Americans who support  vigorous U.S. leadership to achieve a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and to broaden debate around Israel and the Middle East in national politics and the American Jewish community.

As a Christian who is pro-Israel, pro-Palestine, and pro-peace, I believe a crucial role needs to be played by US citizens, Jewish, Christians, and others, who can use their influence to encourage Israel, and the leadership of the Palestinian community to take the risks necessary for peace.  That’s only one of the reasons I just joined J-Street and sent a donation.

Just as the Israelis and Palestinians were about to re-start peace talks, Israel announced it was building 1600 new housing units in a disputed neighborhood of  East Jerusalem.  This is both provocative and unacceptable.  If US dollars are to continue to flow towards Israel, the political leadership in Israel needs to know that such moves are an outrage to many of us whose tax dollars are meant to support Israeli security, not the expansion of occupation.  I invite readers of this blog to learn more about J-Street and its courageous work.


A Prayer Now

Prayers for Help in Times of Trouble
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The Most Inspirational Prayers

My selections include all time favorite and familiar prayers like the Lord’s Prayer, the Serenity Prayer, and the Prayer of St. Francis, along with the contemporary, and very popular prayer of Jabez and the Jelly Bean Prayer. Here you will find prayers for healing, prayers for use at mealtime and bedtime. While I have no scientific measure of how inspirational a  prayer might be, nor is popularity to be equated with quality, there is something about the following prayers that make them surely among the world’s most favorite.  Inspirational Prayers


The Human Body in Christian Symbolism

Contrary to prevailing public impression, the human body has been, throughout history, and continues to be today, one of the principal symbols of the sacred.  It is a central point of focus in Christian art, architecture and iconography.

Genesis refers to humanity as having been created “in the image and likeness of God.” New Testament writers refer to the body as the “temple of God.” “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God?” 1 Cor: 6.  Read more …..


Is Heaven Real?

What is Heaven?
There are at least four major strands of thought in the Bible and in Christian tradition contributing to contemporary notions of heaven. We look at each.


Sacred Spaces

Churches and cathedrals, temples and mosques, sacred shrines and holy mountains, as well as rivers, lakes and streams … every religious tradition has its sacred places. This gallery of photographs focuses on some of the most noted of these, illustrating how the world’s people carve out a place for the Eternal even in the world of time and space. Enjoy.


Independence Day Prayer

Prayers, poetry, thoughts, readings and famous quotations for the 4th of July


God and the Tornadoes

Does God control the path of tornadoes that move across the US each spring? As one hears the heart wrenching stories told by victims and watches news reports of the devastation on the ground, the question arises with greater intensity. So how about it? Read more ….


Muslim Baby Names

For Muslims, the naming of children is crucial. For more about Muslim baby names and their meaning.


What is the date and meaning of Ramadan?

The season of Ramadan is the ninth month of the Muslim calendar and lasts for 29 or 30 days, depending on the year.  It is marked by fasting; Muslims refrain from eating or drinking during the day, focusing upon prayer and submission to God in all things. This year Ramadan begins June 28 and ends with the festival of Eid al-Fitr. Literally the “Festival of the Breaking of the Fast.”  For the full Islamic calendar.