By Rabbi Julian Sinclair, March 6, 2009
Makom means place. A place humming with Jewish activity is known as a makom Torah.
If, heaven forbid, you receive a disapproving frown when you sit down in shul, it may be that you have inadvertently occupied someones makom kavuah, regular place. (Of course, you should never receive, and still less, give disapproving frowns for any reason in shul)
A surprising and interesting use of the word makom is as a name of God. Mitzvot such as Shabbat and kashrut, which do not directly involve other people, are known as mitzvot bein adam vMakom, mitzvot between people and God.