There's No Place Like Home

Terumah: A resource for families.

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Reprinted with permission from Torah Topics for Today.

The old adage says there's no place like home. And it's true, that there's no place like home to come to at an end of a tiring work day, a business trip, or a vacation. When children have had strange and sometimes frightening experiences or an exhausting day, it's so comforting to come home to mom and dad and snuggle up in one's very own bed.
 
This week's parashah is about building a sanctuary, a home for God. A sanctuary is a holy place where God will meet with human beings. God's home is a beautiful place, made with precious materials of gold, precious stones and wood. There is a certain place within this beautiful home, between two cherubim specifically, that God says will be a meeting point between the divine and the human.
suburban home
As we design our homes for ourselves and our children, it is important to think about how our meeting places are organized. Are they organized around a computer or a television, or are they set up so that family members will have eye contact and conversation is facilitated? An interesting exercise would be to scan one's home in one's mind eye to note how many places are focused around isolated activities and how many around simply being together with family and/or visitors.
 
TALK TO YOUR KIDS about organizing your home to improve the quality and quantity of family time spent together.

CONNECT TO THEIR LIVES:
·    What do you like best about being home?
·    What is your favorite part of your home?  
·    What is your least favorite part of your home?

© Copyright 2010 Joyce and Fred Claar

Rabbi Dianne Cohler-Esses

Dianne Cohler-Esses is the first Syrian Jewish woman to be ordained as a rabbi. She was ordained in 1995 at the Jewish Theological Seminary. She is currently a freelance educator and writer, teaching and writing about a wide range of Jewish subjects. She lives in New York City with her journalist husband and their three children.