Building our inner sanctuary

The Ark of the Covenant

A model of the Ark of the Covenant

Rabbi Yehudah Lev Ashlag teaches us that the essence of the Torah, that is its light, is one. However, the garments that this light is clothed in, differs from generation to generation. The vessel of the Mishkan, as built in the wilderness, is the physical vessel for the light, which is the in- dwelling presence of God.

The Netivot Shalom, the modern Chassidic master, teaches that the sanctuary with its structure, its vessels and its practice, is like a map of the structure of the soul. For us, therefore to be able to build a sanctuary within us we thus need to enable the soul within us to act as a true vessel for the light of God so we too may be a sanctuary for Him. The understanding of the structure and inner meanings of the vessels of the Mishkan can provide a road map for us to build our own inner sanctuary.

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This podcast is dedicated to לעלוי נשמת אבי מורי אהרון בן מנחם מנדל ז”ל; my father, Aaron Ben Menahem Mendel z”l

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