THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

A SPARE BED

“I will place My Sanctuary among you; and My spirit will not reject you.” (Vayikra 26:11)

Rabbi Yosef Karo, the sixteenth century author of the Shulchan Aruch, asks the following question on this verse:

If G-d places His sanctuary in our midst, why might we think that His spirit will reject us?

Rabbi Karo answers by means of a parable. When a king tours the countryside, he needs to find lodgings for the night. If he stays at the home of one of his officers, the officer together with his wife and family must temporarily vacate his home, because the king cannot reside together with commoners. However, if the king takes up residence at his son’s house, or at the home of a fellow king, they may stay there together and there is no need for the occupant to move out.

The same applies to G-d and the Jewish people. If we follow the Torah then G-d can place His sanctuary in our midst and there is nothing demeaning about His ‘residing’ with us, as it were. We will not be forced to vacate, rejected by the king of kings.  

Dayan Ivan Binstock