Stories of Our Ancestors

The midrash rounds out the biblical figures Abraham and Sarah

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The Shekhinah additionally represents the relationship between the People of Israel with God and God’s favor for individual people or groups. With Solomon’s building of the first Temple in Jerusalem, the Ark was brought to the Temple, which then replaced the Mishkan. Tradition teaches that the Temple and the sacrifices performed there further connected the Shekhinah to the People of Israel in their homeland.

The midrash's implication, therefore, is that Sarah provided a precedent for this relationship.

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Rabbi Rachel Miller Solomin is an educator living and working in the San Francisco Bay Area. She was ordained from the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies of the University of Judaism (now American Jewish University) in 2001.