G-d Placed Imagination in the Human Soul to Promote Spiritual Growth

The Sages used an intriguing expression to describe the Temple: “the beauty of the universe”. (Zevachim 54b) Why did they single out beauty as its principle characteristic? This statement is significant, for it indicates the central function of the Beit HaMikdash: to engage our sense of beauty and elevate our imaginative powers. The imagination is a powerful resource that has a decisive impact on all our actions; the Temple’s aesthetic qualities served to promote the world’s spiritual advance through this faculty of the soul. When the Beit HaMikdash stood in Jerusalem, it had a profound influence on the imagination; it projected powerful images of sublime holiness and inspiring splendor. This holy influence in turn had a potent impact on the character traits and conduct of those who merited passing through its gates:

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