In Exodus 25:8, God says to Moses, “Create for me a sanctuary, and I will dwell among them.” These words set the building of the Tabernacle into motion. But the verse’s ending has an interesting grammatical anomaly. Instead of telling the Israelites to create a sanctuary so God can dwell within it, the wording suggests that the dwelling may be among the people, or within them, suggesting that God can live within us rather than exclusively in a physical sanctuary. This year at Beth Emet we’ll explore the multiples meanings of sanctuary—as physical space to gather as a community for prayer, as spiritual space where we feel safe and whole, and as an attitude that is welcoming and accepting of everyone.
This weekly e-mail project, curated by David and Ellen Barish, allows congregants to express themselves in any of a variety of media: speechmaking, poetry, essay, story, photography, film, paint, sculpture, printmaking, textile, sound or music. If you'd like to contribute, please email Ellen and/or David.
November 17 - Jewish and Safe, Marilyn Price
November 10 - Love is a Sanctuary, Ellen Frank-Miller
November 3 - Sanctuary, Within, Barbara Stock
October 27 - A Penny for Your Thoughts, David Barish
October 20 - A Living Tabernacle, Ellen Blum Barish
October 13 - Sanctuary: Where God Dwells, Rabbi Andrea London