Are everywhere in the world
She is from Russia
Are everywhere in the world
She is from Russia
1 My son, hearken unto my wisdom, and incline thine ear unto my knowledge.
2 That thou mayest regard counsel, and thy lips observe knowledge.
3 For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is more soft than oil.
4 But the end of her is bitter as wormwood, and sharp as a two-edged sword.
5 Her feet go down to death, and her steps take hold on hell.
6 She weigheth not the way of life: her paths are moveable: thou canst not know them.
7 Hear ye me now therefore, O children, and depart not from the words of my mouth.
8 Keep thy way far from her, and come not near the door of her house,
9 Lest thou give thine honor unto others, and thy years to the cruel:
10 Lest the stranger should be filled with thy strength, and thy labors be in the house of a stranger,
11 And thou mourn at thine end, (when thou hast consumed thy flesh and thy body)
12 And say, How have I hated instruction, and mine heart despised correction!
13 And have not obeyed the voice of them that taught me, nor inclined mine ear to them that instructed me!
14 I was almost brought into all evil in ye midst of the Congregation and assembly.
15 Drink the water of thy cistern, and of the rivers out of the midst of thine own well.
16 Let thy fountains flow forth, and the rivers of waters in the streets.
17 But let them be thine, even thine only, and not the strangers with thee.
18 Let thy fountain be blessed, and rejoice with the wife of thy youth.
19 Let her be as the loving hind and pleasant roe: let her breasts satisfy thee at all times, and delight in her love continually.
20 For why shouldest thou delight, my son, in a strange woman, or embrace the bosom of a stranger?
21 For the ways of man are before the eyes of the Lord, and he pondereth all his paths.
22 His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he shall be holden with the cords of his own sin.
23 He shall die for fault of instruction, and shall go astray through his great folly.
• An elderly couple asked Rabbi Marcus Adler of Hanover for advice. They were worried that their son, a traveling salesman, would not remember to recite his daily prayers while he was away from home. The rabbi replied that the elderly couple should pack their son’s handkerchiefs with his tallithand tefillin(which are used for religious duties such as saying the daily prayers). While the son was away, he wrote home, complaining that he could not find handkerchiefs. His mother showed the letter to the rabbi, who advised her to write back, telling him that the rabbi advised, “Pray to God, and you will find all you seek.” The son still did not say his daily prayers, and when he returned home, the rabbi asked if he had followed the advice in the letter. The young man replied, “Holy Rabbi, how would my praying have anything to do with finding my handkerchiefs. The days of miracles are past.” The rabbi answered, “I still believe that if you would pray in the proper manner you would find what you seek.” The young man finally decided to say his daily prayers, and when he opened the bag containing his tallithand tefillinhe found what he was seeking.
• Drought began to kill the crops, and a Rabbi began to pray for rain; however, a dream told him that he needed to ask a certain merchant to pray for rain. The Rabbi was surprised by the request because the merchant seemed to be ignorant of religious matters; however, he went to the merchant and requested that he pray for rain. The merchant brought out a pair of scales and prayed, “I use these scales in my business, and I have never cheated anyone. If I am lying, let fire consume me. If I am telling the truth, let it rain.” It rained.
• In the first half of the 20th century, Ed Diddle coached the football team of Western Kentucky State Teachers College — the Praying Colonels. Mr. Diddle once coached his team captain in how to say a prayer properly — one should ask for one’s team to give a good performance on the playing field, but one should not ask for victory. Before the game, the team captain started to pray, but in the middle of the prayer, Mr. Diddle interrupted: “Damn it! I told you not to ask for victory!”
• A man came to R. Mendel and asked him to pray for him to gain a livelihood. R. Mendel replied, “Pray to God yourself, and He will give you a livelihood.” The man then admitted that he did not know how to pray. R. Mendel was astonished by this and by the man’s priorities: “You do not know how to pray and yet you complain that you have no livelihood? You want a minor wish granted and are not worried about the major problem?”
• Sister Peggy Fannon, RN, worked in a burn unit for children at St. Joseph’s Hospital, where she used both her nursing and religious training. For example, a boy who had been burned needed to enter a whirlpool bath, but the water stung his open wounds — something very common for burn patients. To take his mind off the sting as he entered the whirlpool, she would suggest to him, “Let’s say the Lord’s Prayer together.”
• Enrico Caruso enjoyed the absurdities that sometimes occur on the operatic stage. For example, in Pagliacci, the donkey that is brought onstage is very likely to upset the performance by misbehaving in some way. Such antics did not bother Mr. Caruso. He even occasionally announced, “I said a special prayer tonight that the donkey would behave bad. Then the people can laugh.”
• In 1933, an earthquake struck Los Angeles. Two members of the New York Giants organization — manager Bill Terry and club secretary Jim Tierney — were rooming together. When the quake struck, Mr. Tierney, a devout Catholic, knelt and prayed. Mr. Terry, who was not a devout Catholic, also knelt, saying, “I don’t know what you’re saying, Tierney, but it goes for me, too.”
• Rod Chisholm coached football, so of course his young daughters, ages 10 and 4, wanted to be cheerleaders. They practiced their cheers in the basement, then came upstairs to perform before their parents. That evening, the youngest daughter said her bedtime prayer in a special way: “God bless Ma, God bless Pa, God bless everybody, rah rah rah!”
• In the middle of the last century, Cleburne (Texas) High School star player Jimmy Strickland asked his team to pray before a football game. However, after the kickoff the other football team started steadily advancing across the field, so Mr. Strickland told his fellow players during huddle, Men, some #$%$%@ didn’t pray!”
• When Helen Ross was dying of cancer, her friend Fred Rogers (TV’s Mister Rogers) visited her. She asked him, “Do you ever pray for people, Fred?” He replied, “Of course I do: Dear God, encircle us with Thy love wherever we may be.” She said, “That’s what it’s all about, isn’t it? It’s love. That’s what it’s all about.”
• Once prayer is made mandatory in the schools, I’m going to lead my students in a prayer to me, the god-king of the world: “Oh, great and mighty David Bruce, please give us this day our daily bread.” And if any of my students protest, I’m going to say, “You have to pray to me — it’s the law.”
• After young professional tennis player Tracy Austin was sidelined with an inflamed sciatica nerve in early 1981, she was forced to rest, although she was very eager to start playing competitively again. Therefore, she used to say this prayer: “God, give me patience — but hurry up!”
• Doug Marlette’s cartoon creation, the Reverend Will B. Dunn, says this prayer: “Lord, give me the peace that passeth understanding — not to mention the tongue to pronounce it without lisping.”
• “It is not a unity of religion we plead for, but a unity of religious people. We may not be able to meet in the same pew, but we can meet on our knees.” — Bishop Fulton Sheen.
• A little girl prayed to God, “Please watch after Daddy.” After a moment’s thought, she added, “And You’d better keep an eye on Mommy, too.”
• As Jewish theologian Abraham Joshua Heschel walked with Martin Luther King in Selma, Alabama, he felt that “my feet were praying.”
• R’ Chaim of Sanz was once asked, “Rebbe, what do you do before the prayers?” R’ Chaim replied, “Before the prayers, I pray.”
• Peg Bracken’s grandmother occasionally ended her prayers by saying: “And if You’ll just tend to Your business, Lord, I’ll tend to mine.”
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