Jacob has a dream with a ladder, and angels are going up and down it in this week’s Torah portion, Vayeitzei. It is a well-known, and much discussed story, especially Jacob’s statement upon waking
אָכֵן֙ יֵ֣שׁ יְהוָ֔ה בַּמָּק֖וֹם הַזֶּ֑ה וְאָנֹכִ֖י לֹ֥א יָדָֽעְתִּי׃
“… Surely Adonai was in this place, and I did not know it” (Gen. 28:16). Jacob’s dream is the instrument through which he realizes that, even though he didn’t understand it at first, God’s presence is, indeed, with him. Rabbinic literature uses הַמָּק֖וֹם “the place,” as one of the many names of God. It is a reminder that while God as Creator is not of this world, for us there is always “a place” for God in our world. As we go about our daily lives, may we be blessed, as Jacob was, to sense that we are not alone and that the Divine Presence is “surely” with us.