Pillar of Fire
by AuthorName, AuthorTitle, AuthorMinistry
|Ephraim & Ivetta|
Leon Mazin - Congregation Leader
|Removing the scroll from the ark|
God has brought our generation from the northern lands and from other lands all over the world. We were scattered for so long. Now we need to become a united nation once again, to become His nation. We need God in our midst. God will teach us and unite us, by His Word and presence. He will lead us, give us shade and scatter our enemies.
That is why the design of the Torah ark was inspired by the pillar of fire and cloud. It "breaks through" the concrete ceiling to the sky prompting us to break through in our prayers and in our lives.
"The Word was with God ..." (John 1:1) The Torah scroll is housed in our Pillar of Fire.
"And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us ..." (John 1:14) We take the scroll out of the ark. We read, and the Word becomes alive in us.
The light of the Word of God spreads all over the world to those who already know Him and to those who do not, shining into the darkness. Like the waves of clouds going forth from the Pillar of Fire, the Word of God goes forth and spreads throughout the world. The words "For out of Zion shall go forth the Law, and the Word of the Lord from Jerusalem" (Isaiah 2:3) are engraved in the wood around the top of the ark.
The pillar of fire moved. It moved forward. We too should not stop, but move forward, seeking the answers for many questions.
This world is far from being perfect. It is not time for us to sleep. Tikkun olam, the correction and restoration of this world, is underway. We still have a lot of creative work to perform, together with the Great Artist, the Creator of the whole Universe. Amen.
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