“And let them make Me a sanctuary that I may dwell among them.” (Sh’mos 25:8)
Our Sages point out that “I will dwell among them” can also be translated as “in them.” They explain that each individual Jew is meant to be a sanctuary for the Sh’chinah, Hashem’s Presence in the world. In fact, the Jew (and by extension his home, shul, and community) is the real Beis HaMikdash on which the physical building was modeled.
When the Beis HaMikdash stood, Yidden from all walks of life basked in the Presence of the Sh’chinah the instant they walked through its gates. Even from afar, one was greeted by the Holy Light emanating from its windows. Every nuance of the structure, including those who did the avodah within it, were there by Divine design for the Jewish pilgrims who came throughout the year, to stir up feelings of awe and an intense inner yearning to return to G-d.
Just as anyone who came to the Beis HaMikdash immediately became aware of Hashem’s Presence and was motivated to do t’shuvah, so too there is a Divine light within every Jew, the inner cheilek Elokah mi’maal, that can shine out, inspiring those around them to return to their Creator.
(Material was previously published on ShiratMiriam.com.)
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Yisrael ben Reizel Shoshanah Miriam
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Moshe ben Sarah Yehudis
Mordechai ben Evlyn
Yitzchak Isaac ben Devorah
Yosef ben Sarah
Aharon Yaakov ben Caryn
Roma Rachamim ben Yaffah
Tziporah bas Fruma
Bluma bas Etel Rivkah
Esther Hadassah bas Devorah
Henya bas Brachah Devorah Leah
Brachah Bryna Luba bas Chanah
Udel bas Chayah Rivkah
Tamarah bas Istat Ester