Kinoh 12 of the day of 9th of Av refers to the destruction of the Temple and the fact that G-d's presence (Shechinoh) is no longer to be found in this world.

אָהֳלִי אֲשֶׁר כּוֹנַנְתָּ מוּל מָכוֹן לְשִׁבְתְּךָ לְחוֹפֵף לְחֻפּוֹ.

My temple which You established for Your residence to overshadow it like a canopy

לָמָּה לָנֶצַח יֻעָה בְּיַד יְהִירִים.

why is it swept away by arrogant ones

וְנִהְיֵיתָ כְּטָס בֶּחָלָל וְאֵין עוֹד נָבִיא.

While You have become like a wanderer in space and there is no more a prophet

וְנַמְתָּ הַאֵין פֹּה:

for You said no (prophet) shall be here.

The fifth stanza refers to G-d as being כְּטָס בֶּחָלָל like a wanderer in space.

How is it then that we find that the Divine Presence is to be found where there is a minyan? See Sh O, O Ch 124 (3) MB 15

שכיון שיש עשרה ישנה שם השכינה

since once there are ten, the Shechinoh is there.

  • Its also with a chosson and kallah....זכו שכינה ביניהן (Sotah 17a)
    – Dov
    Commented Jul 15, 2021 at 20:17
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    I would imagine that perhaps it means that it doesn't dwell in a permanent fashion like it did when there was a beis hamikdosh, but Hashem allows it to 'wander' for various scenarios such minyan, a happy marital home etc.
    – Dov
    Commented Jul 15, 2021 at 20:19
  • There is a concept of Shechina in each of the 4 worlds. Perhaps, the Shechina is in exile in relation to one world and can be found by a Minyan or other instances in relation to a different Olam. chabad.org/kabbalah/article_cdo/aid/1410035/jewish/…
    – Chatzkel
    Commented Jul 15, 2021 at 22:28
  • here is another explanation that expounds on two levels of Shechina, one for the Bais Hamikdash and one for Exile
    – Chatzkel
    Commented Jul 15, 2021 at 22:34
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    I think it is just a matter of degrees.
    – N.T.
    Commented Jul 16, 2021 at 11:31


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