The rabbis of the Rabbinic period suggest that Makom is one of God's names, that God can be understood as The Place. Searching for, exploring, and experiencing a relationship with God can feel grounded and sure, like Place can be. When we feel a sense of God in our lives, it can feel like home, safe and secure. When we create community with others, we feel nurtured and loved. But when we are lost and feel alone, that sense of Makom is compromised and we may feel like wandering souls without a Place to call home. We miss that sense of security and safety; we miss a sense of God in our lives.
Around the world, our brothers and sisters are without Place for a number of reasons including natural disasters, genocide, religious persecution, ethnic cleansing, human trafficking, mental health challenges, and poverty. The human need for Makom is real and significant, for we desire a place to hang our proverbial hat, a place to lay our heads for the night so that we can dream and imagine. We desire to live in towns, cities, and countries that welcome our families and assist in our achieving our goals.
Our task in life is to seek out Makom, certainly, but it is also to assist others to secure this as well. Let us work together to create peace and stability both in our neighborhoods and across the globe. Let us strive to find Makom - a true sense of Place and a relationship with God - wherever we live in this great world.