It is only when we struggle, as implied in the etymology of the name "Yisrael," or "Israel," that we own up to our obligation to the land and the presence of the Shechina
(divine presence) that dwells therein.
So while the test of the religious efficacy of the completed mishkan was the appearance of the Divine Presence (shechina
), the test of its aesthetic success was in the sense of unity, oneness, in viewing the assembled whole, the recognition of beauty, balance, symmetry and proportion in the individual items of furniture in the mishkan (as we shall show below).
"The light of the Temple Menorah, the kindling of which was 'practiced' at this event, represents the light of the Shechina
, the Divine Presence that shines forth from the Holy Temple, illuminating the entire world.
or Divine Presence appears again and again in Germani's writing.
Today's topic: Will Ingathering of Exiles bring Shechina
(Compiler's note: The Shechina
is the Divine Presence.
the Torah gives many other names (beside YHWH) for God, among them Elohim (God acting as Judge), Adonai (God as Compassionate One), EI Shaddai (God Almighty or God the Nurturer), Shechina
The Presence), and Ha-Makom (The Place).
This is Ginsberg's version of the Jewish mother and, simultaneously, of the shechina
, the wandering soul of Israel herself" (105).