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Section:  Avodah   Category: Bnei Bayscha
Rav Shimshon Pincus - When A House Becomes A Home
Whenever Hashem makes a promise to the Avos or to Klal Yisroel it usually is, that they will get Eretz Yisroel, the wonderful land and not that they will receive the Torah.  That was the promise to Avrohom in Parshas Lech Licha (13:15).  It is also the central promise of the Bris Bein HaBesarim.  Similarly, Hashem tells Moshe that he will save Bnei Yisroel from Mitzrayim and bring them to Eretz Yisroel.  What about Har Sinai?  Isn't this odd, asks Rav Shimshon Pincus?  Bnei Yisroel survived for 2000 years without Eretz Yisroel, but we cannot survive even for a short moment without torah.  The torah is our life blood, our oxygen, it is our only connection with Hashem.  Even in Eretz Yisroel, without torah, our presence is worthless.  It is like a lifeless body.  So why is Eretz Yisroel the central theme of Hashem's promises?

Rav Shimshon Pincus explains this with an analogy.  When a couple becomes engaged or married we wish them that they will build a Bayis Ne'eman B'Yisroel.  Is it so important, asks Rav Shimshon, that they have a "house"?  They can live in a hotel their entire married lives and raise a good family.  Is a house so crucial for a successful marriage?  Can we not think of something more substantial and meaningful to wish for them.  Why is a "house" our bracha to them?

The answer is that when we say "house" we don't mean a house, we mean a "home".  A home is a place of privacy between a husband and wife.  It is a place that their ideals are laid out and dictate the structure of their lives.  It is their exclusive domain where they are alone and enjoy each other's company, without intrusion from the outside.  Although what comes out of the house and what goes on inside is what is important, the house itself allows this to happen.  It is their operating theater.  A husband and wife can live together in the same house for 50 years each one in their own little world.  That would be a "Bayis" but not a "Bayis Ne'eman".

Hashem promises Bnei Yisroel that he has a beautiful house waiting for us.  A house where we be alone with HaKadosh Boruch Hu.  A house where we can learn his torah and do his mitzvos.  A house where we can enjoy each other's company and be devoted to each other.  A house where we can be alone with Him and shut out the "street".  Eretz Yisroel is our "Bayis" it is our house.  We need to turn it onto our "home" that is "Ne'eman".   The homes young couples start are their Bayis, and we wish them that it  should be home and it should be Ne'eman.  This encompasses all the brachos that we can shower them with.
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