Schabbat Schalom 5

„When history began, there was only one holiness in the world, holiness in time.

When at Sinai the word of God was about to be voiced, a call for holiness in man was proclaimed: “Thou shalt be unto me a holy people.”⁣
It was only after the people had succumbed to the temptation of worshipping a thing, a golden calf, that the erection of a Tabernacle, of holiness in space, was commanded.⁣
The sanctity of time came first, the sanctity of man came second, and the sanctity of space last.⁣
Time was hallowed by God; space, the Tabernacle, was consecrated by Moses.“⁣

Abraham Joshua Heschel

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