"How good are your tents, O Jacob, and your sanctuaries, O Israel!" This curse-turned-blessing is recited at the beginning of morning prayers every day.
It centers us, and reminds us that our homes and the places that we call our own are one of the greatest blessings in our lives.
This teaches us that one of the most important ways to bring joy to our lives and to stay grounded and grateful for all that we have is to invest a lot of energy into whatever place we call home. That could mean our school, our synagogue, and, of course, our family home.
Here are some ways that our family invests energy in our home:
- We enjoy mealtime together. I don't eat meals at the same time as the boys (David and I like to eat during later, calmer times of the day) but I always sit with them or stay in the same room and talk to them about their day.
- We keep the house (generally) uncluttered and clean. This contributes to my sense of calm and happiness while I'm in my house.
- We decorate with things that make us happy. Our walls are covered with photos, Jewish art, our ketubah, and other things that make us smile whenever we see them.