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Kenneth Cohen

Safe House

The Torah encompasses every aspect of our daily lives. We are given directions in how we are to treat others fairly, and to have compassion on our animals. In every aspect of life, we are to act truthful and honest.

The home we build, must be built according to Jewish Law. We are to create a “safe house.” This means that we are to be certain that there are no physical hazards in our home. We are to build a fence on our usable roof. This includes having proper bannisters, if we have a multi-story dwelling. There must be a certainty that precautions were taken so that nobody will get hurt upon entering our home.

Aside from the physical precautions that must be taken, there also spiritual guidelines, when creating a home. Our home should be a place of warmth and love. People who enter, should be greeted warmly, and be made to feel welcome. The home should be filled with Torah and kindness, to the extent, that people feel can feel the positive energy.

I have walked into some homes, over the years, where you can immediately feel the tension. There is a great deal of negative energy, to the point that you want to get out of there as soon as possible.

The guidelines of the Torah, teach us how to make our homes safe on a physical level, as well as on a spiritual level.

About the Author
Rabbi Cohen has been a Torah instructor at Machon Meir, Jerusalem, for over twenty years while also teaching a Talmud class in the Shtieblach of Old Katamon. Before coming to Israel, he was the founding rabbi of Young Israel of Century City, Los Angeles. He recently published a series of Hebrew language-learning apps, which are available at www.cafehebrew.com