In the first line of this week's parsha we are given the Hebrew name for "Fourth Book of the Bible". While non-Jews know this as "Numbers" Jews refer to it as "Bamidbar", "G-d spoke to Moses in the bamidbar of Sinai..." The "Wilderness of Sinai" and how timely that is today.
The message throughout Bamidbar has to do with the laws and history of the Tabernacle during the wandering through the Wilderness. No matter how far or how short the journey the Jews would set up and then take down the Tabernacle. It was central to their lives and their worship.
Today the Synagogue can reflect not only the Tabernacle but also the Temple. However, when we are in shul for only a short period each week or month...how can it play a central role in our religious lives?
The answer is that we build a Tabernacle in our homes. No, not what is described here but a sense that within our homes we have the ability to worship G-d in the manner that He has commanded.
It means that we do the best we can at keeping kosher, saying the blessings, keeping Shabbat, talking about our faith with our children and our friends. It means being civil and always seeking more in our religious education.
While we may, today, live in the Wilderness we can ward off the scary exterior world by building a Tabernacle of love and life in our own homes.