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A Holy Home

Thursday, 19 February, 2015 - 9:31 am

by Rabbi Eliyahu Schusterman

Home is where the heart is, a house is an edifice in which one lives.

The Mishkan, portable sanctuary that accompanied the Jews in the desert was intended to be a home for G-d.  As the Torah states, "make me for a sanctuary and I will dwell within them".  G-d desires to dwell within this house that we make for Him.

The home we make for G-d, is now the home that each of us live in.  How we treat our spouses and our children, the atmosphere of our homes, the values that guide the behavior and actions that we conduct while in our homes all of these are the pathways to making a home for G-d.

Imagine if you were having a very prominent and important person coming to your house for an extended visit.  You'd make sure that the physical atmosphere is up to snuff; ensuring that the paint is fresh, the furniture in the correct places etc. You'd also make sure that the pictures and books around are consistent with the message you wish to convey.

When our homes are designed and maintained in a similar fashion we make sure that G-d feels at home in our homes.  And when He feels at home in our home, He dwells in our home.

And when G-d dwells in our home, we can be sure it brings with it plenty of blessing.

How> Start with the Mezuza on your front door and work your way through the house and the actions that permeate it and let's make a home for G-d.

Good Shabbos, 

Rabbi Kushi Schusterman

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