RaYBaSH’s Ponderings of the Perkei Avot
By: Yehudah ben Shomeyr
1:4. Yossei the son of Yoezer of Tzreidah, and Yossei the son of Yochanan of Jerusalem, received the tradition from them. Yossei the son of Yoezer of Tzreidah would say: Let your home be a meeting place for the wise; dust yourself in the soil of their feet, and drink thirstily of their words.
A House can be several things:
On and individual level: Your Soul, your Neshamah is a house; for when your faith and practices, for your beliefs and convictions.
When you receive teachings of Torah you make a home for it in your Soul, to live, to grow to thrive.
When you reject the teachings of Torah, you slam the door in its face. Who is ultimately the Torah? YESHUA the MESSIAH! HE is the Living manifestation of the Written Torah.
Rev. 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
Psalm 119:165 Great peace have they which love thy law (Torah): and nothing shall offend them.
A House can be a family line:
For example, “The House of David” refers to the Kingly line, the Messianic line, we can read about the family tree of David, the House of David in several places in the Tanak and the Brit Chadasha.
A House can also be and as is the meaning in our text, a Physical Dwelling:
Marta (Martha) received Yeshua into her physical dwelling (v. 38)
Miriam (Mary) received Yeshua into her Neshama (Soul) house. (v.39)
Marta, Miriam and Lazarus received Yeshua AND His Talmidim (disciples) into their “Linage House”. Yeshua, His Talmidim and Marta, Miriam and Lazarus were one big Mishpocha (Family), and shared in each others joys and sorrows.
So this passage of the Perkei Avot could also be saying to us to make the Sages and their teachings apart of our family tradition and heritage to pass along from generation to generation.
-- Yehudah ben Shomeyr