Exodus 25:8
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8  And let them make Me a sanctuary that I may dwell among them.

v’-a-SU LEE mik-DASH v’-sha-khan-TEE b’-to-KHAM

ח  וְעָשׂוּ לִי מִקְדָּשׁ וְשָׁכַנְתִּי בְּתוֹכָם׃

25:8   That I may dwell among them

A replica of the mishkan in Timna Park, Israel.

Significantly, the verse does not say “that I may dwell within it.” The Mishkan is not intended to physically contain Hashem within its walls. .”Rather, the Seforno explains, it is a place which enables Hashem to dwell “among them,” meaning in the midst of the Children of Israel. Unlike pagan places of worship, the Mishkan is not meant to provide a home on earth for a god. Rather, the Mishkan, and ultimately the Beit Hamikdash in Yerushahlayim, are designed to facilitate the relationship between Hashem and His children, where every person can go to elevate himself or herself spiritually.

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  • Some sages say that it is in the hearts of people HaShem wants to dwell. This is also not a fysical structure but it is within our midst.

  • I like the thought that Hashem will dwell in the midst of us. That it's His choice, He wants to live among us. He is not distant like other gods, but longs for us to build a relationship with Him!

  • It seems as if the Lord is constantly wanting to draw his people to himself.

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Exodus 25:8

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