Fast for Fifteen During Lent

Lent is a Christian season of fasting and repentance leading to Jesus Christ’s Passion and Resurrection on Easter. The season lasts 40 days, a traditional number of journey and transformation, exemplified in Israel’s wilderness journey and Jesus’ fast in the desert before his earthly ministry. Ash Wednesday  is February 18th this…

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Hanukkah Reflection: Hope in the Darkness

By Rabbi Laurie Zimmerman, Congregation Shaarei Shamayim, Madison There’s no getting around it. We live in dark times. The gap between the rich and poor relentlessly expands. Radical disparities take away the rights of workers.  We live in a world that overflows with human suffering, injustice, inequality. It is difficult…

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A prayer for workers

Adapted from the prayer to St. Joseph by Pope Saint John XXIII (1958-63) Almighty God, who sent your Son Jesus Christ as a carpenter and teacher to the world, we ask that you protect and provide for Jesus’ brother and sister workers, your sons and daughters. You know their anxieties and sufferings, as the…

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