Building a house – Elul 5784 | Adath Israel

The month of Elul is here. And for the haftarah of Rosh Chodesh, we read Isaiah 66:1 –

Thus said Ad-nai:
The heaven is My throne
And the earth is My footstool:
Where could you build a house for Me,
What place could serve as My abode?
Because, of course we know, there was a Temple, built twice, destroyed three times. And if God is indeed the Life of the Universes, how can we imagine we could contain God’s presence in a building? In that sense, buildings have no difference, it does not matter how big or small, no building can contain God’s presence. And why do we build, still? The Torah tells us, in Exodus 25:8 –
וְעָ֥שׂוּ לִ֖י מִקְדָּ֑שׁ וְשָׁכַנְתִּ֖י בְּתוֹכָֽם׃
They shall make a Sanctuary for [before] Me, and I will [then] dwell in their midst [rest My Shechina among them].
So we build because that enables the Shechinah, the Presence of God, to dwell AMONG us. The objective is not the building, but what the building makes, what working together for a good that trancends the individual can do to our souls. In that sense – in the sense of creating meaning, closeness to God, I invite you to join this project – building a house for eight orphans and their caregiver, Jonathan Mwosuko, in Uganda.

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I have had a relationship both with the kids and Jonathan, via Zoom. I accompany their school work and their health, and I am in contact with the head of the school as well. So if you have any doubts about the veracity of this project, contact me and I can show you all the receipts, report cards and so on.

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