Where is God's Presence? לשכנו תדרשו or ושכנתי בתוכם?

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Jun 26, 2019
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Teruma Yitro 

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The "Sin of the Scouts" which informs most of Parashat Shelach, carries within it the doubt of whether Hashem's Presence is amidst the people - to which Kalev and Yehoshua answer "Hashem itanu" - God is, indeed, with us" - implying that the people weren't sure of God's accompanying presence. We explore the broader issue of God's intense presence, called "residence" or שכינה and whether it chiefly resides in a specific place (as implied in Devarim 12, 1 Melakhim 8 and numerous other texts) or among the people (as implied in various texts) and whether, as a result, the Shekhinah goes "into exile" with the people, as Yehezqeel describes. This inquiry edges up to Halakhic discussions as well as both theological as well as mystical elements.

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Learning on the Marcos and Adina Katz YUTorah site is sponsored today by Ruth Peyser Kestenbaum and Miriam & Alan Goldberg to mark the seventh yahrtzeit of their father, Irwin Peyser, Harav Yisroel Chaim ben R' Dovid V' Fraidah Raizel Peyser and by Harold and Sharon Lipsky in memory of Harold's parents, Ella Lipsky and Philip Lipsky and by Deena and Saul Kaszovitz in memory of Avi Blumenfeld