Build It

Terumah
the first objectification of the spirit
build the place out of Me
Make [of] Me a Mikdash/holy place

and I will dwell [Shakhanti/Shekhinah]
among them
within them. [Ex. 25:8]

The holy place
the union of two worlds
build it out of terumah
from the Aramaic root for two, [Zohar]

All the terrible twos of existence
integrated in the holy place—
the beit k’nesset
house of meeting.

The Holy One is always delighted
when we storm the upper worlds
and take the Shekhinah to dwell among us. [Zohar]

New souls
new souls all around.

Build your palaces
raise all the money you can
decorate well
but I will set my spirit
in the inner chambers of the heart.

I want your heart, G*d says,
that’s all I’ve ever wanted.

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