AN AWESOME PLACE
Rabbi David Walk
When I was growing up (a process that I'm not sure is yet complete), the two most important annual events in my home were the Pesach Seder and the Thanksgiving meal. And one of my memories of those
This week we read of Ya'akov's flight from home ahead of his brother, Esav's, fratricidal intentions. The opening verse of our reading mentions both our Patriarch's departure from Be'er Sheva and his destination of the ancestral home in
What interests me is what Ya'akov means by this locale being both the house of God and the gate of heaven. Rashi states that the house of God must mean the
Rashi also comments on the other description of the locality as a gateway to heaven: A place of prayer, where their prayers ascend to heaven. And its midrashic interpretation is that the
This is equally true about our houses. These lodgings, apartments, domiciles only become hearth and home when shared by loving couples. Only when there's anticipation of a caring reception is there a concept of I've got to get home. Otherwise, that place is only shelter and dormitory. This week has been special to me, because I didn't just get married, I've acquired a home. So, now I've got an awesome place which I look forward to being at, and something very wonderful to be thankful for, and can identify with another idea: There's no place like home.
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