Mind Tapestry

Motzei Shabbos: Vayakhel-Pekudei 5783

The paroches (partition) 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 skillful 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 are woven together, forming a tapestry in this life. The nature of our thoughts will determine the quality of the tapestry. 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, our personalities may often influence the overall design of our soul, either positively or negatively, dependent on what kind of thoughts occupy our minds. If only the true light of the soul could shine through, irrespective of our own limiting factors, then the woven result would reflect that light.

This has to do with the basic mechanism of the soul, inasmuch that our lower nature may interfere with our higher aspirations. Therefore, like skilled crafts-persons, we need to discern positive from negative, right from wrong, and light from darkness, so that we can weave a pure tapestry.

Additionally, consider that 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 paroches (partition) of our soul, i.e., behind our thought life, we may connect on an intimate level with H’Shem, whose presence appeared upon the Ark cover, between the two golden cherubim, behind the paroches (veil).


Author: tzvifievel

My focus is on the synthesis of psychology, religion, and writing. I have undergraduate degrees in Psychology and English. Additionally, I hold a certificate in Rubenfeld Synergy (psychophysical re-education).

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