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Hanukkah: Celebrating the miracle of the oil

Posted by Dr. Fay on December 18, 2014

Hanukkah 2014 started Tuesday night and will go through December 24.   We hope all of our Jewish friends and readers are having a happy and blessed Hanukkah celebration.

Here is a series of Hanukkah videos by the Maccabeats:

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And here is a more traditional candle lighting video from the Voice of Israel.

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A Hanukkah greeting from the soldiers of the IDF:

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Here is a brief history of the Festival of Lights and a description of the lighting of the Menorah, which celebrates the miracle of the oil during the rededication of the Jewish Temple.

The story of Chanukkah begins in the reign of Alexander the Great. Alexander conquered Syria, Egypt and Palestine, but allowed the lands under his control to continue observing their own religions and retain a certain degree of autonomy. Under this relatively benevolent rule, many Jews assimilated much of Hellenistic culture, adopting the language, the customs and the dress of the Greeks, in much the same way that Jews in America today blend into the secular American society.

More than a century later, a successor of Alexander, Antiochus IV was in control of the region. He began to oppress the Jews severely, placing a Hellenistic priest in the Temple, massacring Jews, prohibiting the practice of the Jewish religion, and desecrating the Temple by requiring the sacrifice of pigs (a non-kosher animal) on the altar. Two groups opposed Antiochus: a basically nationalistic group led by Mattathias the Hasmonean and his son Judah Maccabee, and a religious traditionalist group known as the Chasidim, the forerunners of the Pharisees (no direct connection to the modern movement known as Chasidism). They joined forces in a revolt against both the assimilation of the Hellenistic Jews and oppression by the Seleucid Greek government. The revolution succeeded and the Temple was rededicated.

According to tradition as recorded in the Talmud, at the time of the rededication, there was very little oil left that had not been defiled by the Greeks. Oil was needed for the menorah (candelabrum) in the Temple, which was supposed to burn throughout the night every night. There was only enough oil to burn for one day, yet miraculously, it burned for eight days, the time needed to prepare a fresh supply of oil for the menorah. An eight day festival was declared to commemorate this miracle. Note that the holiday commemorates the miracle of the oil, not the military victory: Jews do not glorify war.

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Chanukkah MenorahThe only religious observance related to the holiday is the lighting of candles. The candles are arranged in a candelabrum called a menorah (or sometimes called a chanukkiah) that holds nine candles: one for each night, plus a shammus (servant) at a different height. On the first night, one candle is placed at the far right. The shammus candle is lit and three berakhot (blessings) are recited: l’hadlik neir (a general prayer over candles), she-asah nisim (a prayer thanking G-d for performing miracles for our ancestors at this time), and she-hekhianu (a general prayer thanking G-d for allowing us to reach this time of year). See Chanukkah Candle Lighting Blessings for the full text of these blessings. After reciting the blessings, the first candle is then lit using the shammus candle, and the shammus candle is placed in its holder. Candles can be lit any time after dark but before midnight. The candles are normally allowed to burn out on their own after a minimum of 1/2 hour, but if necessary they can be blown out at any time after that 1/2 hour.

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Each night, another candle is added from right to left (like the Hebrew language). Candles are lit from left to right (because you pay honor to the newer thing first). On the eighth night, all nine candles (the 8 Chanukkah candles and the shammus) are lit. See animation at right for the candlelighting procedure. On nights after the first, only the first two blessings are recited; the third blessing, she-hekhianu is only recited on the first night of holidays.

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It is traditional to eat fried foods on Chanukkah because of the significance of oil to the holiday. Among Ashkenazic Jews, this usually includes latkes (pronounced “lot-kuhs” or “lot-keys” depending on where your grandmother comes from. Pronounced “potato pancakes” if you are a goy.) My recipe is included later in this page.

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Also see:

Hanukkah: Celebrating God’s Faithfulness

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Gov. Palin responds to hunting critics

Posted by Dr. Fay on December 18, 2014

Posted on Governor Palin’s Facebook page on Monday:

Sarah Palin
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This needs to be read to be believed:

http://hotair.com/archives/2014/12/15/sarah-palin-hunts-feral-hogs-world-ends/

Do the “scientific” haters not realize that it’s considered practically illegal, immoral and fattening NOT to help control predators that decimate the food source these granola-crunching yahoos live on? And by food source, I mean grain fields.

According to the article: “Sarah Palin will unfortunately not be able to make a dent in the hog population in Texas even if she stayed for the entire year with an unlimited supply of ammo.”

PLEASE, let me try, let me try!

- Sarah Palin

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Gov. Palin: Amazing America returns Thursday January 15th at 9 PM!

Posted by Dr. Fay on December 18, 2014

Posted on Governor Palin’s Facebook page today:

about an hour ago · Edited

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Get ready for a new season of Amazing America on Thursday, January 15th at 9pm! Exclusively on Sportsman Channel.

Next she posted a promo video for the show with this comment:

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All roads lead to this Amazing hot new promo. Amazing America returns Thursday, January 15th at 9pm. Hop in for the ride. Exclusively on Sportsman Channel.

There are additional videoclips at the Sportsman Channel’s  ‘Amazing America with Sarah Palin’ website.

Amazing America with Sarah Palin

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Gov. Palin to Obama: Whose side are you on?

Posted by Dr. Fay on December 14, 2014

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Posted on Governor Palin’s Facebook page yesterday:

Sarah Palin shared a link.
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America Asks: “Whose Side Are You On”; Necessarily Directing This At Our President

In debauched minds it is fine for our young, once potentially unifying President to boast, “I’m pretty good at killing” while speaking of his own secret kill list, but all hell breaks loose if America’s expert and experienced CIA keeps known terrorists up at night for questioning, plays annoying music to get the evil ones’ attention, and considers whatever else necessary to keep us safe. (Yuck it up much, Nobel Peacenik President?) From the cozy confines of the White House he blusters a willingness to assassinate whomever he chooses, no need for judicial balance or seasoned military brass strategy – in fact the Community Organizer canned nearly 200 of our top military officials. And leftist response to their leader’s suspiciously opaque drone game plan? Crickets.

Mr. President: newsflash ignored by your yapping lapdogs – many of our finest whom you unprecedentedly refer to as “YOUR” own troops confide that the only thing legitimizing your being Commander in Chief is that puffed up leather coat you sport with an embroidered title on your left breast. They want to respect you; they know to obey you; they deserve better.

Want to talk “torture”? Evidence #1: Innocent Americans tortured and murdered by guilty terrorists on 9/11. Note the accurate terms “innocent” and “guilty”. Innocent 9/11 families are still tortured. Torture is slicing off the heads of investigative journalists and American charity workers serving in the Middle East who are used as political pawns. Torture is what radical Islamists routinely do to women and minorities.

True Americans say “never again.” These perpetrators are evil monsters sharing dark demonic intentions with radical Muslims who are beheading Christian children today overseas. True Americans serving as watchmen on the wall say, “Not on our soil. Not on my watch.” And any American-loving leader should promise, “Whatever it takes to stop evil, to protect this nation, we shall do.”

You’re on one side or the other. What is it, liberals: sympathy for inconvenienced terrorists who would murder our children or saving America?

- Sarah Palin

See more here:
http://insider.foxnews.com/2014/12/13/eric-bolling-blasts-cia-torture-report-i-have-zero-sympathy-terrorists

Bolling Blasts CIA Torture Report: ‘I Have Zero Sympathy for the Terrorists’
insider.foxnews.com
On “Cashin’ In” today, Eric Bolling slammed the “torture report” that details the CIA’s enhanced interrogation methods following 9/11.

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Gov. Palin: House Republican leadership sidelined the newly elected Congress; RINO season opens soon

Posted by Dr. Fay on December 12, 2014

Gov. Palin posted a link on Facebook to her exclusive interview about the CROmnibus bill with Stephen Bannon at Breitbart:

Exclusive–Palin on Obama/Boehner Cromnibus Bill: ‘It Stinks to High Heaven’

12 Dec 2014, 5:50 AM PDT

1. What do you think of Speaker Boehner having President Obama ‘whip votes’ from the White House in order to pass this bill?

It stinks to high heaven. Did arrogant politicians not get the memo that Obama’s agenda was decisively defeated in last month’s historic midterm landslide? Good Lord, America said loud and clear not just “no” but “hell no” to Obama’s failed policies. Americans who pay attention said absolutely no to Obama’s amnesty for illegal aliens.

We also said no to the mother-of-all unfunded mandates, Obamacare, and voters believed promises that they would ratchet down the $18 trillion debt. Well, our bad for apathetically trusting politicians. No, on second thought, it’s not “our bad.” Some of us warned and worked hard to elect candidates who would buck the status quo. Many conscientious Americans did all they could to open the eyes of low-information voters. It was tough going up against Obama’s lapdogs in the media and the power liberals have to play their politics of personal destruction against commonsense conservatives.

But really how out-of-touch do these politicians have to be to misunderstand our recent mandate to stop Barack Obama’s fundamental transformation of the greatest nation on earth?

2. Only 162 Republicans voted for this bill–a bill that will take decision making away from a Republican controlled Congress in 4 weeks–does that strike you as outrageous?

It’s baffling really. The Republican Leadership in the House just flipped American voters the bird by sidelining the new Congress we just elected. I want the names of all 162 yahoos who would squander the opportunity to respect the will of the people and get America on the right track. Please print their names so we can ask them, “What the heck are you thinking?!”

And thank you to the 67 House Republicans who did vote no. Let’s remind everyone of their names also.

3. Do you believe that the 162 Republicans that voted for the bill will face a backlash by conservatives?

Hope so! I’ll do my part and I call upon every citizen to do their civic duty to save our country. It’s easy; understand RINO season opens soon and don’t hold back.

4. Do you believe that Speaker Boehner working with President Obama effectively tried to ‘nullify’ the sweeping Republican victory in the 2014 mid-terms?

That’s the result thus far, so yes. This is an example of the GOP establishment campaigning one way and then governing another. It’s quite nauseating. They promised they would do everything in their power to stop Obama’s executive amnesty – I heard their darn campaign speeches promising to do so! – and yet when they have the power to do so (power that we the voters just gave them) they tacitly endorse Obama’s failed agenda. They’re shining that boot that liberals have on the neck of our economy. They’re carrying Barack Obama’s water even more so than Nancy Pelosi if you can believe it.

5. Do you think John Boehner should be re-elected Speaker of the House given his actions over the pass few days? 

Constitutional conservatives who understand government’s balance of power and the grave danger in Obama’s lawlessness, and those of us who want smart and principled leadership, should be perplexed and disappointed if stale leadership is re-elected, considering that the midterm election was all about “the status quo has got to go.”…

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Gov. Palin to GOP: You were elected to stop Obama’s “fundamental transformation of America.” Do it.

Posted by Dr. Fay on December 11, 2014

Posted on Governor Palin’s Facebook page last evening:

Photo: Grant me this use of America's voice:When you cut through all the “inside baseball” stuff in this Omnibus Spending Bill that's in front of Congress, you're left with two cold hard facts: this bill doesn't defund Obama's amnesty (so he gets to reward lawbreakers with your tax dollars) and it adds to our dangerous, unsustainable debt. It also breaks campaign promises made by quite a few of our incumbent politicians on both sides of the aisle. Hey, if you thought we wanted more of the same as we worked our butts off to get good folks elected in November, then why did we vote to oust liberals who got America into this mess in the first place? Guess what, GOP: our victory party is over and voters are wide awake and trusting you to keep your promises to America. Get a handle on your debt. Stop Obama's amnesty to illegal aliens. Support our military. Bottom line: we elected you to stop Obama's “fundamental transformation of America.” Do it – especially you Republicans who promised to do it. Or face America's wrath next go 'round because an elephant never forgets. Some more on what the solution is: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/09/mitch-mcconnell-ted-cruz-lame-duck-session-111017.html GOP leaders already going wobbly, hoping us peons won't notice: http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/12/09/GOP-Whip-Steve-Scalise-Comes-Under-Fire-For-Supporting-Obama-s-Executive-Amnesty-Via-Omnibus-Backing  - Sarah Palin photo credit: Sportsman Channel “Amazing America with Sarah Palin”

photo credit: Sportsman Channel “Amazing America with Sarah Palin”

Sarah Palin
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Grant me this use of America’s voice:
When you cut through all the “inside baseball” stuff in this Omnibus Spending Bill that’s in front of Congress, you’re left with two cold hard facts: this bill doesn’t defund Obama’s amnesty (so he gets to reward lawbreakers with your tax dollars) and it adds to our dangerous, unsustainable debt. It also breaks campaign promises made by quite a few of our incumbent politicians on both sides of the aisle. Hey, if you thought we wanted more of the same as we worked our butts off to get good folks elected in November, then why did we vote to oust liberals who got America into this mess in the first place? Guess what, GOP: our victory party is over and voters are wide awake and trusting you to keep your promises to America. Get a handle on your debt. Stop Obama’s amnesty to illegal aliens. Support our military. Bottom line: we elected you to stop Obama’s “fundamental transformation of America.” Do it – especially you Republicans who promised to do it. Or face America’s wrath next go ’round because an elephant never forgets.

Some more on what the solution is: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/09/mitch-mcconnell-ted-cruz-lame-duck-session-111017.html

GOP leaders already going wobbly, hoping us peons won’t notice: http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/12/09/GOP-Whip-Steve-Scalise-Comes-Under-Fire-For-Supporting-Obama-s-Executive-Amnesty-Via-Omnibus-Backing

- Sarah Palin

Matthew Boyle at Breitbart reports (h/tp Benyamin Korn):

Sarah Palin Throws Down Gauntlet to GOP: Block Obama Amnesty Funds or Face ‘America’s Wrath’

10 Dec 2014

In a post on her Facebook page late Wednesday evening, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin—the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee—said that Republicans in Congress must block Obama’s amnesty and his “fundamental transformation of America” or face “America’s wrath” in the next elections.

“Grant me this use of America’s voice,” Palin asked her audience of millions of followers. “When you cut through all the ‘inside baseball’ stuff in this Omnibus Spending Bill that’s in front of Congress, you’re left with two cold hard facts: this bill doesn’t defund Obama’s amnesty (so he gets to reward lawbreakers with your tax dollars) and it adds to our dangerous, unsustainable debt.”

“It also breaks campaign promises made by quite a few of our incumbent politicians on both sides of the aisle,” Palin added.

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Palin linked to two different news stories. The first is a Politico story that details how Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell differ greatly on how to handle this lame duck session of Congress.

The second story is a Breitbart News article on how the new House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, a Louisiana Republican, is in serious political jeopardy back home for his role in backing up Obama’s executive amnesty by providing material support for Speaker John Boehner’s 1,603-page, $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill. Scalise took over in the whip slot this summer after now Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy moved into Eric Cantor’s slot, when now Rep. Dave Brat (R-VA) beat Cantor in a primary this year.

The story discusses conservative U.S. Senate candidate Col. Rob Maness—who Palin backed in the lead-up to Louisiana’s Nov. 4 jungle primary election against now GOP senator-elect Bill Cassidy and Democratic incumbent Sen. Mary Landrieu, who just lost to Cassidy in the runoff. Maness lives in the heart of Scalise’s district, and while those close to him wouldn’t comment for the Breitbart News story questioning whether he’d run against Scalise, he’s a wildly popular conservative in the state who got more than 200,000 votes with almost no outside help and little money in the statewide Senate race.

Maness has since been successful in connecting with top GOP leaders in Louisiana, getting particularly close with Sen. David Vitter (R-LA), who used to represent Scalise’s House district years ago. Maness is also close with Gov. Bobby Jindal, a conservative who’s been calling on the Louisiana delegation to buck this omnibus spending bill and back efforts from Vitter and other conservatives to block Obama’s executive amnesty funding. Jindal also used to represent Louisiana’s First Congressional district before Scalise.

Scalise’s office hasn’t responded to a series of press requests from Breitbart News over the past couple weeks about why he’s backing the Boehner omnibus and whether he’d be working to whip votes for it, but a Wednesday night post from Politico confirmed that he is in fact supporting the bill that provides material support for Obama’s executive amnesty.

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Palin also backed Tea Party activist Katrina Pierson against House Rules Committee chairman Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX) in a primary earlier this year. While Pierson—a first-time candidate who took a drubbing from the liberal media—lost, she did manage to get 36 percent of the vote after getting into the race late with little funding or outside help outside of Palin’s support. In the wake of Sessions’ work to help Boehner get this omnibus bill backing Obama’s amnesty to the finish line—and his likely vote for it on Thursday, should it actually come up for the vote if it doesn’t falter beforehand—Pierson has floated the possibility of running against him again in 2016 and has made appearances on major national media like Fox Business Network fueling speculation she’s getting ready for another run.

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Gov. Palin bags big game in Texas

Posted by Dr. Fay on December 8, 2014

Posted on Governor Palin’s Face yesterday:

Sarah Palin
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Everything’s bigger in Texas! We’re in the middle of some great hunts this week for season 2 of Sportsman Channel’s “Amazing America with Sarah Palin.” Bristol lets you know what we’re up to — check out her blog: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/bristolpalin/2014/12/look-what-my-mom-got-everythings-bigger-in-texas/
 
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Photo: Everything's bigger in Texas! We’re in the middle of some great hunts this week for season 2 of Sportsman Channel's "Amazing America with Sarah Palin.” Bristol lets you know what we're up to -- check out her blog: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/bristolpalin/2014/12/look-what-my-mom-got-everythings-bigger-in-texas/

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Governor Palin congratulates Cassidy, Graves, and Abraham for their Louisiana election victories

Posted by Dr. Fay on December 8, 2014

 Governor Palin posted these congratulatory messages on her Facebook page on Saturday:

Congratulations, Ralph Abraham!
Photo: Congratulations, Ralph Abraham!

Sarah Palin
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Congratulations, Garret Graves!
Photo: Congratulations, Garret Graves!

Sarah Palin
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Congratulations, Bill Cassidy!
Photo: Congratulations, Bill Cassidy!
On Friday, she posted this message on Facebook:

Sarah Palin
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Louisiana, tomorrow is your day! Please elect Dr. Bill Cassidy to the U.S. Senate – ending eighteen years of liberal, out of touch Mary Landrieu’s service. The enthusiasm for fresh leadership was in the air recently when I joined Col. Rob Maness and The Duck Commander, Phil Robertson, as they rallied for victory by uniting Louisianans in support of Dr. Cassidy.

Here’s lesson for National GOP Leadership: take a page out of the Maness/Cassidy primary playbook! After a very competitive primary battle, the two good candidates quickly settled differences over a bowl of gumbo and are now working hard together to defeat the liberal incumbent who votes with Barack Obama 97% of the time! These good men put patriotism over politics. Now it’s up to you Louisiana; show the country how it’s done with votes for Cassidy and these great U.S. House candidates:

In the 6th District, vote Garret Graves for U.S. Congress – http://www.garretgravesforcongress.com/

In the 5th District, vote Dr. Ralph Abraham for U.S. Congress -http://www.ralphabraham.com/

Thank you! God bless your great state.

- Sarah Palin

Photo: Louisiana, tomorrow is your day! Please elect Dr. Bill Cassidy to the U.S. Senate – ending eighteen years of liberal, out of touch Mary Landrieu’s service. The enthusiasm for fresh leadership was in the air recently when I joined Col. Rob Maness and The Duck Commander, Phil Robertson, as they rallied for victory by uniting Louisianans in support of Dr. Cassidy. Here’s lesson for National GOP Leadership: take a page out of the Maness/Cassidy primary playbook! After a very competitive primary battle, the two good candidates quickly settled differences over a bowl of gumbo and are now working hard together to defeat the liberal incumbent who votes with Barack Obama 97% of the time! These good men put patriotism over politics. Now it’s up to you Louisiana; show the country how it’s done with votes for Cassidy and these great U.S. House candidates: In the 6th District, vote Garret Graves for U.S. Congress - http://www.garretgravesforcongress.com In the 5th District, vote Dr. Ralph Abraham for U.S. Congress -http://www.ralphabraham.com Thank you! God bless your great state. - Sarah Palin

Check out Ron Devito’s article:

Winners Circle 2014 – Palin Powered Victories

Winners Circle 2014 - Palin Powered Victories

Photo retrieved from US4Palin

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Gov. Palin: Obama clueless about link between energy and national security

Posted by Dr. Fay on December 3, 2014

h/tp iizthatiiz

Governor Palin talked to Stuart Varney on The Big Story about the commercialization of Christmas, what Putin might do next, and the need to increase our oil production for prosperity and security.  She said Obama is clueless about the link between energy and security because he has no experience in the corporate world.

h/tp Ron Devito

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Gov. Palin: Operation Christmas Child an incredibly positive and powerful movement

Posted by Dr. Fay on December 3, 2014

Posted on Governor Palin’s Facebook page yesterday:

 

Sarah Palin
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Operation Christmas Child is an incredibly positive and powerful movement led by Rev. Franklin Graham. My daughters and I have been blessed to travel with him to Haiti and within the U.S. to help this mission. Bristol and I were humbled to join FOX’s Greta Van Susteren and her husband John Coale to distribute these Christmas boxes packed with love and care for very needy Haitian children; Greta has since generously opened a school for girls in that ravaged country (see: http://is.gd/9DVhNQ)! Willow and I remain so inspired after being at Operation Christmas Child’s headquarters in Charlotte, NC last Christmas season. We met with thousands of sweet, hardworking volunteers who travel from across the country during the busy holidays to help those less fortunate and to send God’s message that they are loved. Samaritan’s Purse and its missions are loved, too. This Christmas you can change a life by pitching in and witnessing Luke 6:38 come to life; you never know where your good deeds will lead!

http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/filipina-marries-boy-who-sent-shoebox/

To learn more about participating in Operation Christmas Child, see here:
http://www.samaritanspurse.org/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child/

- Sarah Palin

(6 photos)

 

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