Month: September 2016

Jacob prepares to meet his estranged brother, Esau (Genesis 32:1 – 32:21)

As Jacob prepared to return to the Promised Land, he was met by angels in a place he named Mahanaim (meaning “two camps”). He recognized that God was with him. Jacob sent two messengers ahead of the caravan to meet his estranged brother, Esau, who lived in Seir, in the region of Edom. Jacob was unsure how Esau would react to his homecoming. He instructed the messengers to tell Esau: “Your servant Jacob says, I have been staying with Laban and have remained there until now. I have cattle and donkeys, sheep and goats, male and female servants. I am sending this message to you, that I may find favor in your eyes.” When the messengers returned, they told Jacob, “We delivered your message to Esau and now

Mosque serves breakfast for hundreds of Philly police in show of gratitude and respect

I’ve written before about the potentially divisive message in the religion of Islam and the need for the Muslim community to step up their game and take the initiative to promote peace and goodwill in their communities. Yesterday, a Philadelphia mosque did just that. At 6:00 AM, the Muslim American Society in North Philadelphia cooked scrambled eggs, French toast, turkey bacon, and grits and served to almost 1,000 Philadelphia police officers before they began their workday. About twenty volunteers with the mosque organized the event to express their gratitude and respect for Philadelphia police officers. Ozzy Khalil told reporters: ‘We want to let officers know that we do appreciate what they do, and that's why we're doing this today. With what's going on in the world, in