Nissan 1, 5781
Our thoughts may be woven together, in order to form a tapestry in this life. The nature of our thoughts will determine the quality of the tapestry. In regard to the paroches (partition) that separated between the area where the Ark was kept and the less holy area of the Mikdash (sanctuary), consider the variety of materials used, “blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen; with cherubim the work of the skilful workman shall it be made” (26:31, JPS 1917 Tanach).
According to the Talmud, the craftsmen “embroidered the place where they had designed” (Yoma 72b). Thus, first a pattern was made on the material, then they embroidered the design. Our thoughts surface first in our mind; these thoughts may be likened to a pattern that is based upon our soul; therefore, the design that is eventually woven in our lives is a reflection of who we are.
Yet, are personalities may often influence the overall design, either positively or negatively, dependent on what kind of other thoughts occupy our minds. If only the true light of the soul could shine through, irrespective of our own limiting factors, we would be able to create a beautiful tapestry in our lives, unimpeded by our faults, character defects, and aveiros (sins).
The soul is constructed, inasmuch that our lower nature may interfere with our higher aspirations; the challenges in our lives to succeed, despite our yetzer hara (evil inclination) makes all the difference. In Freudian terms, our life giving side, eros is opposed by thanatos. Therefore, like skilled crafts persons, we need to discern positive from negative, right from wrong, and light from darkness.
On an additional note, in regard to our thoughts, the tapestry we weave separates to some degree, between our inner sanctuary (the depths of our mind), and the persona we present to the world. Only behind the paraoches (partition) of our soul, are we intimately connected to H’Shem, in like manner that the Ark of the Covenant rested within the Kadosh Kadoshim (Holy of Holies).