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THE TRADITION OF DIVISION A young rabbi was dismayed to find a serious quarrel among members of his new congregation. During Friday services, half the participants stood up during one part of the proceedings while half remained seated. All decorum was lost as each side shouted at the other to conform. Members of each group …

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REASON FOR THE SEASON Many of us have found our sensitivities insulted and our convictions offended as court rulings removed the cr�ches from the lawns of our city halls. It’s far easier to object to that swipe of secularism than to realize that for years many of us have been living through the Christmas season …

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NO JOY ALLOWED A young Dutch pastor confronted a serious situation on a Sunday morning. A severe storm had hit during the night, and his church was located some distance outside the village. There was no way, it seemed, to get to the church for Sunday worship. But then an idea came to him. He …

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YOU MIGHT BE A SOUTHERN BAPTIST You might be a Southern Baptist if. . . You think John the Baptist was from the south; You think God’s presence is strongest in the last row of pews; You think Amazing Grace is the national anthem; You judge the quality of the sermon by the amount of …

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ILLEGAL CHRISTMAS Because so many of its customs were pre-Christian, Christmas was forbidden in Scotland in 1583, abolished in 1647 by the Puritans, and made a penal offense in 1659. Even mince meat pies were illegal in early New England. The very first Christmas pies, baked in the time of Henry VIII, were oblong instead …

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NONE TOO SOON In 1802, municipal authorities of Rye, on the English coast, hired an armed sentry to keep watch for a Napoleanic invasion. The last man in the job was “Chummy” Barton. The job had been handed down in his family since 1802. “Chummy” died in 1944, and the city council called off the …

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THANKSGIVING DAY HISTORY Thanksgiving observances have been around ever since men and women have felt a need to give thanks. In America, the formal observance originated with the Plymouth colonists upon their arrival at the Berkeley Plantation in Virginia on December 4, 1619. This day was required by charter to be observed as a day …

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HOW MANY MAGI? A story is told of a pastor and a scripture scholar who find themselves sitting together on an airplane. The pastor immediately complains to the scholar: “You know, sir, there are some Scripture scholars these days who are saying we don’t know how many Magi there were.” The scholar quickly says, “I …

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GOD LOVES STORIES When the great Rabbi Israel Baal Shem- Tov saw misfortune threatening the Jews, it was his custom to go into a certain part of the forest to meditate. There he would light a fire, say a special prayer, and the miracle would be accomplished and the misfortune averted.Later, when his disciple, the …

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FOUNDATIONS OF FREE GOVERNMENT The essential principles of our Government… form the bright constellation which has gone before us and guided our steps through an age of revolution and reformation. The wisdom of our sages and blood of our heroes have been devoted to their attainment. They should be the creed of our political faith, …

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MOVING FORWARD WITH THE PAST In the early days of the Tennessee Valley Project (TVA), a dilapidated log homestead had to be abandoned to make room for a lake behind the dam. A new home on the hillside had already been erected for the cabin’s poor Appalachian family, but they refused to move into their …

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CONFLICT IS OUR TRADITION During a service at an old synagogue in Eastern Europe, when the Shema prayer was said, half the congregants stood up and half remained sitting. The half that was seated started yelling at those standing to sit down and the ones standing yelled at the ones sitting to stand up. The …

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