this morning (sunday 3rd), 6.05-6.35am, on bbc radio 4 there’s no place like home (presented by shoshana boyd gelfand) (in the something understood series)
“Rabbi Shoshana Boyd Gelfand examines our relationship with the shifting notion of home and the importance of home to her Jewish faith and other religious traditions. …
… She discusses the use within the Jewish home of the Mizrach – a piece of art that hangs on a wall allowing the inhabitants to orient themselves towards Jerusalem. She explains that this orientation to a spiritual home is a kind of internal map, “a way of positioning ourselves so that we feel rooted wherever we may be”.
… Shoshana describes thecentrality of the home to the Jews, whoserituals are mostly performed at home rather than at the synagogue, before concluding that, for her, home is ultimately defined by the people she holds dear rather than any one fixed location.”