The wise-hearted women and men of this unit use their creativity to build a sacred space, the Mishkan (or Tabernacle). The Mishkan, where the Divine Presence dwells on earth, is an important part of the Israelites’ journey in the desert. Though it is a home for God, it is created not by God, but by the Israelites themselves, who use metalworking, weaving, woodworking, jewelry-making, and other skills to fabricate this physical manifestation of holiness.
This unit considers the relationship between creativity and the sacred. What can these wise-hearted men and women teach us about appreciating our own creativity? And how can we use our skills and abilities to bring holiness into the world?