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Voices of Faith: Does God want me to be happy?

Rabbi Mark H. Levin, founder, Congregation Beth Torah: The answer is unequivocally "yes." The Torah commands rejoicing on festivals (Deuteronomy 16:11, 14), and Psalm 104:15 teaches that God provides wine for human joy. But there are other sources of happiness as well.

Paul Prather

If you need something to worry about, consider the state of newspapers

If I were to pick one current economic or social trend I consider the most dangerous, it would be the decline of the newspaper industry. As you probably know, formerly vibrant newspapers across the country have cut their staffs to the nub. Yet they continue hemorrhaging money. Some big-city dailies have closed altogether. Those that remain are wobbly.

Paul Prather

If we give a little and act like adults,we can overcome big rifts

Humility ought to be a starting point for our social discourse. Sad to say, it has been largely discarded as a public — or, for that matter, a private — virtue. I think about this a lot, especially when I’m listening to preachers or political candidates or various activists rage on TV. I thought of it again recently while reading the “Ethicist” column in the online New York Times Magazine.

Paul Prather

Promise to make a difference in somebody’s life

I was thinking about my mother on Mother’s Day. She wasn’t rich or famous or highly educated or socially prominent or even particularly sociable. Yet she deeply touched others’ lives. She managed this without making a single grand gesture. She did it just by loving people, and by being kind to them, and by going out of her way for them.

Paul Prather

Haggard’s songs offer insight to Trump, anger

When Merle Haggard died, I did what fans do in such times: I broke out his recordings and relistened. I heard something I hadn’t noticed before: Merle prophesied the rise of Donald Trump and the Tea Party. It’s all in his songs. Through the 1960s and then beyond, he showed us a worsening disenfranchisement among the working class, and more particularly, among blue-collar white men.

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Good Friday cross carrying

Lexington Catholics carry crosses to downtown locations for Stations of the Cross readings.
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Good Friday cross carrying

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