The Mishkan, comprised three areas. Inside the tent was the Kodesh and the Kodesh Hakodashim. This was surrounded by the Chatzar – an outdoor courtyard that was surrounded by netted walls.
Chassidus explains that each soul has three “garments”; thought, speech and action. Through these “garments” the soul expresses and channels its deeper G-dly understandings and feelings into the practical observance of Mitzvos. The three zones within the Mishkan parallel these three tools of expression.
Action, like the outdoor courtyard, is the outermost expression of the soul. It is an indelible, physical expression in terms of its impact on the world and those around us.
Like the Kodesh Hakodoshim, our innermost “garment” are our thoughts. Our thoughts are private and remain within us. They allow us to clarify and better understand our feelings and ideas for ourselves. They are hidden to others. Thought is the most spiritual of the three “garments”.
Speech communicates our deeper feelings and ideas to others. Whilst speech is an outward communication and expression that “leaves us”, it is not as physical as action and is more closely connected to us, but not as deeply as our thoughts. Like the Kodesh, speech as an expression, sits between action and thought.
These “garments” can also be used to express our animalistic self; our selfishness, negativity and materialism. The inner Beis Hamikdash requires us to transform our three “garments” so that they manifest and express the presence of Hashem within us, the light of our Neshama.
~ Based on Ohr HaTorah Vayakhel p2195 and Reshimas Hamenora 13 (Choveres 82)