Showing posts from February, 2015

Sit here... until...a study in session

Some Bible passages that triggered my contemplating, sitting, and writing today:
1) The Psalmist said, "Sit here at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet." (Psalm 110.1)
2) The Talmud (Berachot 32b) cites another famous verse from Bible: Ashrei yoshvei veiteikha od yehalalukha selah Happy are those who sit in Your house; they will always be praising You! (Psalm 84:5) to teach the lesson that a person should (ideally) arrive at shul somewhat before the starting time to meditate a little prior to prayer (“sit in Your house”); only then should they “praise You”. 
3) Yet another verse teaches that lingering a little after the service is over (to schmooze a little with the One Above not the guy alongside!) is also desirable.  “Surely the righteous will give thanks to Your name; the upright will sit in Your presence” (140:14).  Having “given thanks” in the closing prayers of the service, it is good to “sit” a little once again in communion with the D…

Brews for Jesus

We've been waiting for this for months and really for years. And this morning we opened. At this point we are only going to be open during peak hours in the morning 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. The barista is from Ethiopia which is where coffee was first "invented." So it's appropriate. We love her work and you will really enjoy meeting her. Her name is Lydia.

Monday to Friday we open.
And it's located at the Jews for Jesus Books and Gifts shop. Shop 1/ 257 Oxford Street, Bondi Junction.
The shop, of course, is open much longer hours, but the coffee (and tea and hot chocolate) bar is only open short hours.

If you are in the neighbourhood, please pop in. And for $2.50 you can't beat the deal!

Starting tomorrow we will also have little muffins and friands and banana bread. Each only $2.50. So for a breakfast, on the run, pop in.

Jesus in pop culture and measles in the US

Paul A. Offit, a pediatrician specializing in infectious diseases at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, is the author of “Bad Faith: When Religious Belief Undermines Modern Medicine.”
A version of this op-ed appears in print on February 10, 2015, on page A21 of the New York edition with the headline: What Would Jesus Do About Measles? I was caught by the headline. After reading this piece about measles and churches in 1991, I was more convinced that Jesus should make his way into the discussions about politics and about race and about sports and ... everywhere. After all, if he's the messiah, if he's the Lord of the universe, then we who live in that universe, or that multiverse (thank you Stephen Hawking) ought to discuss and at least think about what he has to say on some matters.
The question "What would Jesus do?" is from an 1896 novel by Charles Sheldon entitled In His Steps." The novel came from a series of sermons by Sheldon in Topeka in my home…