Genesis 28:17
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17  Shaken, he said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the abode of Hashem, and that is the gateway to heaven.”

va-yee-RA va-yo-MAR mah no-RA ha-ma-KOM ha-ZEH AYN ZEH KEE im BAYT e-lo-HEEM v’-ZEH SHA-ar ha-sha-MA-yim

יז  וַיִּירָא וַיֹּאמַר מַה־נּוֹרָא הַמָּקוֹם הַזֶּה אֵין זֶה כִּי אִם־בֵּית אֱלֹהִים וְזֶה שַׁעַר הַשָּׁמָיִם׃

 28:17   This is none other than the abode of Hashem

Ariel view of the Temple Mount

According to Rashi, these words refer to the Temple Mount in Yerushalayim. He explains that the foot of the ladder in Yaakov’s dream was in Be’er Sheva, and its head was in Beit El. Therefore the middle of the ladder hung over Mount Moriah and the intensity of the encounter with Hashem occurred in that spot. When Yaakov awakens, he realizes that he has seen no ordinary place, but “the abode of Hashem,” the most intimate spot for prayers to ascend heavenward and the site where the Beit Hamikdash would later stand. The Beit Hamikdash is referred to here as ‘abode’ or ‘house’ because in the Temple, Hashem’s revealed presence – the shechina (שכינה) – dwells with His people, just as a husband dwells intimately with his wife in their home.

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  • Such an amazing experience for Jacob, one he would never forget. This time instead of looking at the heavens and saying as HaShem had, referring to the stars and an unnumbered people who would inherit the land, Hashem speaks of the dust, and that Jacob's descendants would outnumber the dust. So, from the heavens to the dust HaShem's people would outnumber all!

  • This absolutely awesome Creator God, who opens the eyes, the mind and the heart, blessed be His name.

  • This picture of intimacy between G-d and man is so beautiful. I love the imagery of it being called a ‘house’ because G-d dwells there just like a man with his wife. G-d reveals Himself as being accessible to His bride!

    • Becky, when praying for people I'm often led to pray that 'They' would feel the breath of HaShem on their cheek. Such closeness, such intimacy we all long for.

Genesis 28:17

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