The bottom 6 Amos (3 metres) of the Beis Hamikdash structure was the foundation. It was called the “Otem”, coming from the Hebrew term Atum which means filled up. It was a completely solid base on which the weight of the Beis Hamikdash stood.
The foundation of the building is usually not visible. It does not have the same beauty and decoration as other aspects of a building and it is sometimes completely taken for granted.
But it is the most important part of the building. The beautiful structure, with all of its features and decoration, would not be able to stand without the hidden, plain, foundation.
When the earth shakes and the winds blow, the stability of the building depends on the strength of the foundation.
The deepest level of our Neshama is called Eisan, meaning strength. Like the foundation of a building, the essence of our Neshama lies hidden and we rarely sense it on a day-to-day basis. But it is the source of our strength when our world is shaken by crisis or challenge.
The Eisan of our Neshama is our unbreakable bond with Hashem. This is the foundation that carries and supports the beautiful structure of the lives that we build. When we face life’s challenges, we just need to dig deep and uncover the infinite strength and faith that lies inside of us.