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saturday morning coffee (four)

It’s that time again! What better way to spend  a Saturday morning than perusing the best the internet has to offer?

What Really Frustrates Me About the Gay Marriage Debate Is…” by Zack Hunt

“But we need to be as obsessed with fighting things like poverty, malnutrition, homelessness, and disease as we are with sexuality. No, we need to be even more obsessed than that. We need to be so obsessed that we begin to have a hard time seeing where this world ends and the kingdom of God begins.

Only then will we have any right to claim the name of the One who spent his life blessing the poor, healing the sick, and liberating the oppressed.”

This article speaks for itself. Zack Hunt’s reminder amidst all the controversy is so needed; I wanted to cheer and repent all at once.

Pope washes feet of young Muslim woman prisoner in unprecedented twist on Maundy Thursday

“We need to go out to the outskirts where there is suffering, bloodshed, blindness that longs for sight, and prisoners in thrall to many evil masters. It is not in soul-searching or constant introspection that we encounter the Lord.”

Can I admit that I’m a bit smitten by Pope Francis? He’s forsaken the papal apartments for a guest house, advocates for the poor, and now this: he washed the feet of 12 prisoners on Maundy Thursday and became the first pope ever to wash the feet of a woman.

A random ball pit and two complete strangers (video)

This will make you smile and want to talk to strangers.

Favorite part of the Seder: Dayenu

Dayenu is one of the more popular songs included in the Seder and celebrates the many levels of favor or beneficence God lavished on the Israelites.

If He had brought us out from Egypt, and had not carried out judgments against them Dayenu, it would have sufficed us!

If He had carried out judgments against them, and not against their idols Dayenu, it would have sufficed us!

If He had destroyed their idols, and had not smitten their first-born Dayenu, it would have sufficed us!

If He had smitten their first-born, and had not given us their wealth Dayenu, it would have sufficed us!

If He had given us their wealth, and had not split the sea for us Dayenu, it would have sufficed us!

If He had split the sea for us, and had not taken us through it on dry land Dayenu, it would have sufficed us!

If He had taken us through the sea on dry land, and had not drowned our oppressors in it Dayenu, it would have sufficed us!

If He had drowned our oppressors in it, and had not supplied our needs in the desert for forty years Dayenu, it would have sufficed us!

If He had supplied our needs in the desert for forty years, and had not fed us the manna Dayenu, it would have sufficed us!

If He had fed us the manna, and had not given us the Shabbat Dayenu, it would have sufficed us!

If He had given us the Shabbat, and had not brought us before Mount Sinai Dayenu, it would have sufficed us!

If He had brought us before Mount Sinai, and had not given us the Torah Dayenu, it would have sufficed us!

If He had given us the Torah, and had not brought us into the land of Israel Dayenu, it would have sufficed us!

If He had brought us into the land of Israel, and had not built for us the Beit Habechirah (Chosen House; the Beit Hamikdash) Dayenu, it would have sufficed us!

Thus how much more so should we be grateful to the Omnipresent One for the doubled and redoubled goodness that He has bestowed upon us; for He has brought us out of Egypt, and carried out judgments against them, and against their idols, and smote their first-born, and gave us their wealth, and split the sea for us, and took us through it on dry land, and drowned our oppressors in it, and supplied our needs in the desert for forty years, and fed us the manna, and gave us the Shabbat, and brought us before Mount Sinai, and gave us the Torah, and brought us into the land of Israel and built for us the Beit Habechirah to atone for all our sins.

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