The purpose of creation is that the presence of G‑d should be revealed in this world. The first expression of this was in the Garden of Eden, as we are told at the beginning of the Torah. Adam and Eve dwelt in the garden, and together with them was the Divine presence. However, the world was not yet ready for this.

As we know, Adam and Eve sinned by eating from the Tree of Knowledge, and consequently the presence of G‑d became hidden. Further sins in the following generations, such as Cain killing Abel, caused the Divine Presence to be even more concealed. However, with Abraham began the process of bringing the Divine Presence back to the world. This was continued by Isaac, Jacob and the following generations.

In the seventh generation after Abraham came Moses. The Sages tell us that the "seventh" has a particular likelihood of success. This is borne out by the achievements of Moses. Following G‑d's instructions he guided the Jewish people in the building of the Sanctuary where the Presence of the Divine was revealed, in the Holy of Holies. This was the first stage of the fulfillment of the purpose of Creation. Later stages would be the First, Second and ultimately the Third Temple in Jerusalem.

The fact that the presence of the Divine dwelt in the Holy of Holies was not something separate from the lives of the Jewish people. Our Parshah tells us: "They shall build for Me a Sanctuary, and I will dwell in them" (Exodus 25:8). The Sages tell us this means: "Within each individual." Through the building of the Sanctuary, G‑d dwells in the heart of each person.

The Lubavitcher Rebbe points out that women had a particularly significant part in the building of the Sanctuary. The women were more enthusiastic than the men in bringing the donations of gold, silver, copper, dyed wool, linen, precious stones and so on which were needed. They used their artistry in various of the weaving tasks. Further, unlike the men, the women entirely refused to have anything to do with the making of the Golden Calf. The making of this idol and the loathsome way it was worshipped was the very opposite of everything expressed by the Sanctuary and the presence of the Divine.

In our own time the woman also has the leading role in creating another kind of Sanctuary: the Jewish home. Here, too, the presence of G‑d dwells. The teachings of the Torah show the way that the Divine can be present in every detail of human life, from the most public to the most intimate.

This spiritual power of womanhood may relate to the Kabbalistic idea that the woman has an affinity with the seventh Divine attribute, Kingship, which signifies completion, achievement and fulfillment in the real world. Put in more direct terms, as expressed by the Rebbe, there is a G‑d-given sensitivity in the woman which recognizes the positive and the holy, that which one should strive to support; and this special quality also detects that which is unholy and should be avoided.

Of course this sensitivity needs to be nurtured: through personal study of Torah and the practical observance of the mitzvot. Through this woman and man together, with their families, will reveal the presence of the Divine in their own homes, in their surroundings and ultimately in a global way. There will be the Third Temple in Jerusalem, and peace will dwell in the hearts of all humanity.