2 INAUGURATING A HOUSE
Obviously there is rea-son to rejoice at the inau-guration of a new house, but what is the spiritual signiﬁcance of cel-ebrating this achievement?
“A psalm; a song of inauguration of the House, of Dovid –
Mizmor shir chanukas ha’bayis, l’Dovid
” (T’hillim 30:1):
[Obviously there is reason to rejoice at the inauguration of a new house, but] what is the [spiritual] signiﬁcance of holding a banquet and celebration for this achievement?
THE RELATIVE COST OF HUMAN NECESSITIES
There are three aspects [to a person’s subsistence]: food, clothing, and shelter/ housing. Food provides the body with internal vitality. It is ingested and turned into energy by means of the stomach and intestines, the digestive system. Nutrition ascends to the brain and is internalized, energizing the brain as well as the other parts of the body, strengthening all the limbs.In contrast, clothing surrounds the person, encompassing and enveloping him. Clothes merely shield the person from the elements. Unlike food, it is not internalized and transformed into energy. Rather, clothing literally surrounds the person. Shelter likewise surrounds the person, but not as clothing, which is worn literally upon the body; a house surrounds the person from a distance [providing him with a space to occupy].Now, it is obvious that food is less