Shechina, the Jewish Goddess Her name means ‘Presence’, ‘She Who Dwells Within’ Why do people say: “She left when the Temple was destroyed” She is only absent When we are absent Which is most of the time. She is homeless When we are not at home. She is left outside When we shut ourselves inside Our ghettos and villas. She cannot return to Jerusalem As long as we kill to possess it. But when we welcome the world In an unconditional embrace Suddenly she is there And here and everywhere, And when we surrender To this perfect moment Of appreciation and attention Then she unfolds herself In front of our eyes And we truly know She never left But was too close For us to notice.