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In Solomon’s Temple, there were two places reserved for the Holy Ark: One in the Chamber of the Holy of Holies, and one hidden deep beneath that chamber.

There are two places to find G‑d’s Presence in all its glory.

One is in the most holy of chambers, beyond the place of light and heavenly incense. There G‑d Himself could be found by the most perfect of mortals on the most sublime day of the year.

Today, we cannot enter that place. But there is another place, a place always accessible, beyond catacombs and convoluted mazes, deep within the earth’s bowels.

There, those whose faces are charred with the ashes of failure, their hands bloody from scraping through dirt and stone, their clothes torn from falling again and again, and their hearts ripped by bitter tears—there, in that subterranean darkness, they are blinded by the light of the hidden things of G‑d . . .

. . . until that Presence will shine for all of us, forever.

Likkutei Sichot, volume 26, pp. 156ff.

From the wisdom of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, of righteous memory; words and condensation by Rabbi Tzvi Freeman. To order Rabbi Freeman’s book, Bringing Heaven Down to Earth, click here.
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February 21, 2012
The Hovering Shekinah
I am so glad I subscribe to you Daily Dose of Wisdom! This is one of the most beautify statements I have read. When reading your words, "...for us to find now," I thought, Yes, on the individual level; Yes, on the collective level; but, Yes, most importantly and primarily we yearn for the Divine Presence on the corporate level, when the glory of Hashem will fill the earth. As He said, (Shmos Rabbah, ch. 12) " "The lower realms shall ascend to the higher realms, and the higher realms shall ascend to the lower realms. And I will begin." And as the Rebbe explained, "Through taking this initiative, He invested His own self in the Torah which He gave." From this the Rebbe concluded, "No matter how far away a Jew is found, and no matter how deep he has stumbled, he can emerge from darkness to great light. We may not despair of his future, and we must tell him that he should not despair." from: I Will Write It In Their Hearts Vol. 1
Max Carl Kirk
Abbotsford, BC
February 21, 2012
Absolutely beautiful.
Not all poets are such great housekeepers & not all housekeepers are great poets.

Congratulations. It's truly brilliant!
Anonymous
February 20, 2012
a perfunctory commentary
For some of us, living far from synagogues and without social relations to the jewish world the Shechinah presence amongst the destitute is an everyday miracle of miracles.
Mr. Jorge Munuzuri
February 20, 2012
Wow
Beautiful!
izzy
c
February 20, 2012
Sadness and Me
I felt I was buried alive when I was thirteen and I never got over feeling like ashes on my face and the sheer torture over feeling I had no soul....this was very hard for me....the feelings of failure....the hatred of myself and I denied the right of reaching for G-d......this happened at age thirteen. And I said as I was reading this most perfect one...and it is.....that I should really share how much pain I was in....and finding G-d was hard....thank you for everything and this one was great for me......thanks again........
Judith L Witten
Brockton, USA
February 20, 2012
Ark
Beautifully written. Sheer depth of imagery, literally and mystically.

Thank you.
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