Dear Friends,

Our Torah portion this week speaks of the Israelites building the sanctuary in which they worshipped God during their forty years in the wilderness. The Torah states: “And let them make me a sanctuary that I may dwell among them.” But our sages explain that God does not confine his presence to any particular place; He dwells among the people everywhere.

One of our sages was once asked: “Where does God dwell?” He replied: “Wherever you let Him in.”

We believe that each of us has a spark of God within us, and that the purpose of that spark of light is to cause it to shine brighter. We can achieve that by touching others through kindness and generosity. We cause the “spark” to shine brighter through compassion and caring for one another.

Just as one little candle has the ability to light many other candles, so each of us has the capacity to touch and bless other lives. When we do that, we do experience God “in our midst.”

Shabbat shalom,   

         Rabbi David Greenberg