In the above verse, Hashem (God) instructs the Children of Israel to build Him a dwelling place. This dwelling place in Hebrew called the mishkan is not intended to physically contain Hashem. Rather, the mishkan is a place which enables Hashem to dwell “among them,” meaning in the midst of the Children of Israel. Unlike pagan places of worship, the mishkan is not meant to provide a home on earth for a God. Rather, the mishkan, and ultimately the Beit Hamikdash (temple) in Yerushahlayim (Jerusalem), are designed to facilitate the relationship between Hashem and His children.
Since the destruction of the House of God, the Holy Temple, we focus on bringing holiness into the world "within the walls" of our personal dwellings. In Jewish tradition, a home filled with spirituality and living within God's precepts, is referred to as a "miniatureSanctuary" - מקדש מאט - "mik-dash mi-at." Bring blessings into your home with a special "Birkat Ha'Bayit," Blessing for the Home, written in both English and Hebrew, from Meir Panim.
In a northern Israeli city near Haifa, high crime rate and unemployment has led to tense relations between residents and local police. But today, things are changing in a new Israeli model of police outreach.
These one-of-a-kind handmade ceramic wall hangings are Biblically inspired and crafted by Israeli artist Naomi Persky. Its beautiful colors and ancient biblical imagery is sure to make this wall-hanging a focal point of any room and serve as an everlasting connection to the Holy Land.
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In today's verse, God instructs the people, "Build for me a sanctuary" and they construct a majestic Tabernacle from acacia wood. Where in the world did the Israelites get acacia wood in the desert?! Tradition tells us that upon arriving in Egypt, the first thing Jacob does is plant saplings, preparing for the redemption. Throughout history, even when the Jews were living outside of Israel, they were always looking forward to their return and preparing for the redemption.
This holiday season, Israeli farmers are concerned that due to a misunderstood Biblical prohibition, Jews from outside of Israel will not purchase the special ritual plants used on Sukkot (the Feast of Tabernacles) from Israeli farmers as they usually do.
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