Rabbi Harold Kushner tells of his yearly experience, looking out at a full synagogue on
Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement: "Men and women who attend no other service of
the year attend this one. People who usually arrive halfway through one of our lengthy
services make sure to come on time tonight."
When all are seated and the service is ready to begin, Rabbi Kushner nods to the cantor,
"By consent of the authorities in heaven and on earth, we permit sinners to enter and be
part of the congregation."
Are you paying attention? Or are you paying attention to the wrong stuff? A voice that sounds a lot like Wisdom as we met her in Proverbs begs us to learn from past experience, so as not to spend money when we can get free stuff. The first generation liberated from Egypt died in the desert because they didn’t learn. And when the people pointed with oohs and ahhs towards current events, Jesus asked them to learn from the past to recognize that some things are not as significant as the eternal choices.
The government has finally woken up to the fact that the health of our children in this country is threatened by their food. For two generations, since World War II, food has become increasingly processed and the era of the fast food meal is well and truly with us.
Karen hates church. She feels it's a place where people are brainwashed. She thinks the people who go to church are weak, looking for a crutch in sermons that tell them how to behave. Karen clearly has an issue with established religion.