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|Written by Machberes Avodas Hashem|
An important part of a person’s mission in this world begins with his controlling his eyes and heart from turning after the ways of the world that can distance him from His Creator. He must complete and perfect his soul. When we describe someone, as “living in his home,” is when he has successfully centered himself, and focused on his mission: He is constructing his “place,” and is not always looking “outside” himself for something else. We describe one who is looking outside of him, and exploring paths that will separate him from God, as abandoning his home.
This is King David’s message in the verse, “”I walk constantly with innocence of heart within my home.” (Psalms 101:2)
This is also what Moshe Rabbeinu meant when he said, “”Blessed shall you be when you come in and blessed shall you be when you go out.” (Deuteronomy 28:6) Moshe blessed us that our “going out” should be as our “coming in,” meaning that even when we go ‘out’ into the world, we should have the same focus and security in our faith as when we are in our home. “I will walk before God in the lands of the living,” (Psalms 116:10) also describes our ability to walk in the marketplace and still maintain our connection with, and awareness of, God.
Shabbat is when we can connect all of our “outside” activities of the week with our spiritual home. The Angels that accompany us into our home and empower us to secure everything we do during the week within its walls. They help us secure and complete our home. (Eglei Tal I, Ma’amar I, Chapter 5)