We are in the midst of the Jewish holiday of Passover. The central ritual of Passover takes place around a dining room table.
This may seem so commonplace that we take it for granted. But it reveals and teaches more than anything else.
The Passover ritual begins in ancient Egypt. On the night of the tenth plague, the Israelites gathered in their homes and placed the blood of a lamb on their doors, signaling to God to “pass over” their homes.
Then, in their haste to leave Egypt, they do not let their bread rise, thus eating crunchy bread known as matzah.
For the next 1400 years or so, Passover was marked by the offering of a lamb, accompanied by a meal in which the lamb was eaten and story of the Exodus retold.
When the Jerusalem Temple was destroyed by the Romans in 70 C.E., however, a monumental change took place. Without a Temple, Passover moved into the home. It centered around a meal rather than a sacrifice.
The dining room table was reimagined as a miniature alter. And the home was called amikdash me-at, a miniature temple. The home was now the Temple.
The Jewish sages had uncovered a fundamental truth. The home shapes our character, our relationships, our deepest commitments. The home is where we learn to be human.
The Jewish sages recognized this truth, as did Jesus, who frequently taught in people’s homes. Even the anti-religious Freud understood how critical the home is our self-understanding. It remains as true today as it did 2000 years ago.
What values do you support in your home? Do they reflect the person you hope to be?
If you want support and guidance for recognizing and living those values, you can still join the Ziglar thrive community. It closes this evening (so you won’t get any more notes from me about it!)
If you decide to join, let me know and we’ll set up monthly check-ins to explore each critical issue of home and family life.