Torah and Mitzvot are Today's Temple

In VaYikra 9:23 we read about the glory of Hashem appearing to the people on the day of the inauguration of the Mishkan:" וַיָּבֹא מֹשֶׁה וְאַהֲרֹן, אֶל-אֹהֶל מוֹעֵד, וַיֵּצְאוּ, וַיְבָרְכוּ אֶת-הָעָם; וַיֵּרָא כְבוֹד-יְקוָק, אֶל-כָּל-הָעָם  -  Moses and Aaron then went into the tent of meeting. When they came out, they blessed the people; and the glory of the Lord appeared to all the people."  

Does the fact that we do not have a Mishkan/Mikdash today mean that the Glory of Hashem does not reside within us.   The Saba of Slobodka, Rav Natan Tzvi Finkel, ZT"L (1849-1927) in his work אור הצפון (see חלק ב דף קעז) writes that the presence of Hashem's glory does not depend on physical buildings but rather on the study of Torah and the proper performance of Mitzvot.  Whenever we study Torah and do mitzvot Hashem's glory resides amongst us. A simple idea but hard to keep in our awareness.   We sometimes go through the motions of doing Mitzvot and learning Torah but do we really try to cause Hashem's glory to reside within us?  

Daily Action Item:  Meditate for one moment before doing a Mitzvah or learning Torah that you are working to cause Hashem's glory to reside amongst us.

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