Introduction The concept of Cities of Refuge (sometimes also referred to as “cities of asylum”), as outlined in Scripture, identifies actual cities established to regulate justice within the state of believers. Such cities are described primarily in the books of Numbers (35:9-34), Deuteronomy (19:1-13) and Joshua (20:1-9), and were established
Introduction The sura Al-Asr, is the 103rd chapter of the Qur’an, and is one of the shortest, consisting of only three verses. This sura encapsulates the essence of time and human responsibility, that of believers. It serves as a critical reminder of the fleeting nature of life and the eternal
Introduction The sura Al-Kawthar, the 108th chapter of the Qur’an, is a profound but extremely concise sura. Being composed of only three verses, it is the shortest chapter in the entire Qur’an. This sura has immense significance in Islamic teachings, as it encapsulates the themes of divine grace, gratitude and
Tzedakah (from the Hebrew root “Tzedek”) means justice or righteousness, and is a practice in the fundamental Jewish tradition that combines the act of charity with the pursuit of a more just world. As one of Judaism’s 613 commandments, tzedakah transcends mere philanthropy by integrating ethical, religious and social dimensions,
Introduction According to the narrative it was running the year 2488 since creation. The Jewish people, emerging from a strenuous but transformative 40-year journey in the wilderness, found themselves at a monumental crossroads while encamped on the borders of Moab (Numbers, 22:1).This settlement was not only a kind of geographical
The Spiritual Legacy of Adalbert de Vogüé Adalbert de Vogüé was a Benedictine monk (OSB Order of St. Benedict) and luminary of Western monasticism, distinguished not only for his great spiritual legacy but also for his contribution to the evolution of monasticism. Born in Paris on December 4, 1924, into
Introduction The inscription above the cross INRI (Iesus Nazarenus, Rex Iudaeorum) means: “Jesus the Nazarene, King of the Jews”. The title “King of the Jews,” bestowed on Jesus in the New Testament, emerges as a central and recurring theme, framing both the beginning and the culmination of his earthly life.
“The ‘Mishneh Torah’ is the cornerstone work of Moses Maimonides. In his introduction, Maimonides clarifies the purpose of the work: ‘Therefore, I named this text Mishneh Torah, ‘the second to the Torah’, so that a person, after first studying the Written Law, can then learn the entire Oral Law through
The Book of Psalms, a collection of religious poems and songs that forms a fundamental pillar of liturgy and spirituality in the Jewish and Christian traditions, is a treasure trove of wisdom, consolation, and inspiration that has spanned millennia of history. This work reflects the depth of the human search
And behold, a man came to him and said, “Good master, what should I do that I may have eternal life?” 17 He said to him, “Why you call me good? There is no one good but One, who that is GOD: But if you want to enter Life, keep
Context in the Scriptures The Biblical passage describing the “wedding of the Lamb” is found in the Book of Revelation, exactly in chapter 19 verses 7-9: “Let us rejoice and exult and give glory to him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his Bride has been prepared;
14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. 16 Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in
6 Did He not find you an orphan and give you refuge? 7 And He found you lost and guided [you], 8 And He found you poor and made [you] self-sufficient. 9 So as for the orphan, do not oppress [him]. 10 And as for the petitioner, do not repel [him].
Introduction At a time when religious doctrines appear to us to be more disunited and in conflict than ever before, I write this short treatise profoundly certain that “the last strenuous step is the one before a breathtaking panorama is about to be revealed.” “The concluding chapter” has begun, and