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Off The Pulpit: Current NewsletterRabbi David Wolpe   "A Holy Room"
by Rabbi David Wolpe


What do four walls and a roof make? A potential for holiness. 
 
A room has special significance in Jewish tradition. Students in Eastern Europe studied in "cheder," which means room. The holiest site in Jewish history, the kadosh kedoshim, was a room in the Temple. While not disdaining the beauties or wonder of nature, rooms hold much of the wonder and specialness of Judaism. 
 
Your synagogue has rooms where people pray and where they meet. Both can be vessels of kedushah. Committees, too, can do sacred work. We may imagine that a meeting must be mundane, but in that room where funds are allocated for education or tzedakah, or decisions made to enable people to join and pray with the community, holiness lives. We are easily captured by the fantasy that holiness is the preserve of great figures of the past, or special, learned individuals; of mountaintops and ancient sites. Yet in each humble room holiness can dwell. Next time you sit around a cracked tabletop in hard chairs, giving up an evening to go over budgets or plan activities, know that you are doing God's work. You just need the right people, and a room.

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Fastened to Flesh and Bone
Good Work
On Not Being a Blockhead
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Not Optimistic But Very Hopeful
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When NoOne is Watching
Slower is Better
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What You Get to Choose
Fixing Politics
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The Shape of Human Hearts
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