The Torah describes two acts of creation: G‑d’s creation of the universe, and the Israelites’ creation of the Mikdash or Mishkan, the sanctuary that traveled with them in the desert, the prototype of the Temple in Jerusalem. The connection between them is not incidental.
Aaron, the high priest, is to light the menorah daily with pure olive oil. The priestly garments are described, and G‑d details the seven-day initiation process for Aaron and his sons. Instructions for the building of the golden altar are given.
The second level emerges when Torah becomes not just an acquisition of knowledge and a subject-object encounter—an “I” facing “it”—but a personal meeting place, an “I” facing “you,” or better yet, a “we” relationship . . .