Rabbi Milevsky's Thought of the Week: Vayeitzei - 5778

LADDER LOCATION

Yaakov's dream of the ladder is one of the most well-known images of the Torah.  Drawn into children’s books, and etched into adults' minds, the imagery that symbolizes the eternal connection of humans to the sublime is an integral part of our faith. 

ommentators note that the ascending angels symbolize prayer that makes its way to heaven, while the descending angels represent the guidance we get from above.  However, what is important to remember is that "The Place" mentioned in the verse is actually Mount Moriah, the location where the future Temple will stand.

Although we do not have that structure standing there today, tradition teaches that all of our prayers ascend to heaven through that "Gate to Heaven.”  Thus, throughout the ages we have turned towards Yerushalaim in our Tefilot.

May we indeed merit to see it stand again and serve as a "house of prayer for all nations."

Shabbat Shalom