In this week's parsha we read about building the Mishkan, the Tabernacle, where God can be present among the people. You can see a video here that describes how the structure was created. If you want to see pictures (instead of cartoons) you can go to a search engine and enter the words "Mishkan images" and you will find many beautiful pictures of what everything might have looked like. Or just click here.
Does your synagogue look like this? Probably not. I know mine doesn't! Why do you think this is so? To help you answer, think about the following three questions:
What was the purpose of the Mishkan?
What is the purpose of your synagogue?
Compare and contrast - how are they similar, how are they different.
Please feel free to post your ideas for others to share. Remember, you're the commentator.