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Inaugurating a House: Bringing Joy into the Home

Inaugurating a House: Bringing Joy into the Home

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Published by B. Merkur
It is customary for those who move into a new house to recite the maamer “Mizmor shir chanukas ha’bayis l’Dovid” found at the end of Parshas Bracha in the Alter Rebbe’s Likkutei Torah (98d-100b). * May we soon merit to inaugurate the Third Beis HaMikdash, with the imminent arrival of Moshiach Tzidkeinu.
It is customary for those who move into a new house to recite the maamer “Mizmor shir chanukas ha’bayis l’Dovid” found at the end of Parshas Bracha in the Alter Rebbe’s Likkutei Torah (98d-100b). * May we soon merit to inaugurate the Third Beis HaMikdash, with the imminent arrival of Moshiach Tzidkeinu.

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INAUGURATING A HOUSE
Bringing Joy into the Home
 
It is customary for those who move into a new house to recite the maamer “Mizmor shir chanukas ha’bayis l’Dovid” found at the end of Parshas Bracha in the Alter Rebbe’s Likkutei Torah (98d-100b). * May we soon merit to inaugurate the Third Beis HaMikdash, with the imminent arrival of Moshiach Tzidkeinu.
Translated by Boruch Merkur
 
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?
1.
“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
 
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Food should  be more expensive than cloth-ing, for clothes do not provide energy, but merely sur-round and protect the person.
expensive than clothing, and clothing is less expensive than a house. At first glance, though, the opposite should be true, insofar as food provides the person with inner vitality. It is ingested and absorbed within, becoming literally one with him, providing his soul with energy. Indeed, it is impossible to survive without food. Thus, food should be more expensive than clothing, for clothes do not provide energy, but merely surround and protect the person. Similarly, clothing in comparison to housing echoes the distance between food and clothing [being progressively more removed from the inner vitality of the person].Parenthetically, the simple reason for the relative cost of the three human necessities pertains to how long each lasts: Immediately after food is digested, hunger sets in again, whereas, clothes can typically be worn for a year or more, and a house lasts even longer. Thus, houses are more expensive than clothing because of their durability, and for the same reason, clothing is more expensive than food.In a deeper sense, however, the relative cost of these three human necessities is reflected in their respective points of spiritual origination. The spiritual source of housing is higher than clothing, and the source of clothing is higher than that of food, based on the principle that

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