|Examine Your Life
Question 26. How do I bring the Divine Presence into my life?
Rabbi Schwartz :
Torah commands the Jewish people to build a sanctuary for the Shechina,
the Divine Presence, and at the same time it commands that we should
make a home for her in our hearts.*
Our hearts, namely, our most
important thoughts, are the home to our desires and dreams. Just as we
feel comfortable in our physical homes, so we feel comfortable with
such thoughts, - and even when they are more than a little messy. And
just as when an important guest visits us, we tidy the rooms and
prepare delicious foods, so too must we do with our hearts.
need to pray for the rebuilding of the Beis HaMikdash, we need to
beautify our shuls and study halls (our mini-temples), and similarly,
we need to ready our hearts for the Shechina to rest there.
may we prepare our hearts? First, we remove all negative thoughts and
emotions - resentments, complaints, sadness, anger, jealousy,
irritation, etc. Second, we fill them with all that is positive and
beautiful - love for Hashem, people and the world, honor for the Torah
and its scholars, and a bubbling, exuberant joy of life. With such
meditation and a sense of gratitude, our hearts then will become
gorgeous, serene, happy places that draw the Shechina into our lives.
* Shmos 25.8 and commentaries
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