Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Parshah for Parenting - Terumah 5769

(you shall accept gifts for Me from every person whose heart so moves him....And let them make Me a mishkan that I may dwell among them. Exodus 25:2,8)

Gifts of gold, and silver, and brass,
of fine fabrics, spices, and oils,
of precious stones.
The Israelites built this structure not so G-d could dwell in it,
but so that He could dwell among them.
No Israelite could do it alone - everyone's effort brought His presence into the community.

In our house, we have a mishkan.
It's made up kisses from Ashi,
smiles and giggles from Rami,
a morning "Modeh Ani" with Abba,
and a bedtime "Shema" with Ima,
extra morning minutes spent cuddling on the couch,
extra love baked into the cookies,
one more book read together,
one more answer to Ashi's constant question, "What's that?"
an extra round of "Mishenichnas Ashi/Rami,"
an extra minute tacked onto bathtime.
All given with a willing heart. All bringing a little more holiness into the house.
G-d dwells among us,
even though the house isn't adorned with rich fabrics or fine stones.
(In fact, our house is pretty much a disaster.)


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