When I am preparing a couple requesting to be married in our church, I inquire about whether they already belong to a church community. Sometimes I hear: “You don’t have to go to church in order to pray.” True. But the non-verbals and lack of life in the response often make it merely a game of “one-up-manship.” Very little prayer seems to be going on in some lives, and hardly any experience of the joys of being part of a faith community.
As the objects from last week’s reading, so here, places for worship are featured. 12:5 is one of three verses where Moses refers to God’s instructions about where to worship. What are the other two?
Become sensitive to the places that are especially conducive to lead you into the Lord’s presence—a church, a favorite spot for a meditation walk, a small table-like altar in your house where you are drawn to God just by going there. In order for you to find God everywhere, there needs to be some places where you find God’s face first.
What are these?
Nothing but Thee within me 12:2
Altar in the here and now 12:5
You give rest from enemies 12:10
My life as burnt offering 12:27
Saturdays are dedicated to the Sabbath Torah portions
read in synagogues throughout the world.
This plan follows those traditions that take a third of the portion
over a three year cycle, this year, the third part.
For more about the Torah portions and thoughtful commentaries, visit
The Jewish Theological Seminary.
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