This week's Torah portion
contains more detail about the mishkan.
A midrash on this portion
reminds us that its language is close to that of the story of Creation
which means that the reason G-d wanted the Israelites to build a sanctuary
is to allow them to mimic Him
in creating things of beauty in the world.
Why are humans driven to create beauty
when G-d's world is already so beautiful?
of life's little gorgeous moments
in a way that resonates with us.
It helps us deal with the fact
that we can never live those moments again.
It gives us a personal, lasting connection
to that which we hold dear
and to the holiness inherent in it-
and to share it with others.
(And now for a gratuitous shot of the boys cuddled up on the couch from some morning this week - creating beauty without even knowing it.)