One of the reasons the Greeks targeted the Mikdash to defile was because the Mikdash ran contrary to their philosophy and outlook on life. The Greeks believed in aesthetics and beauty, which meant that only that which is appealing to the eye is beautiful and praiseworthy.

Thus, the Mikdash, with all its accompanying laws of tumah which the eye cannot see, was a threat to their very beliefs - hence their need to divide, conquer, and defile it. Us Jews know that beauty does not begin or end with the eye.

The greatest beauty is the beauty of soul; a spiritual beauty that is covered up and hidden, yet it is beautiful nonetheless. Real beauty is spiritual beauty.

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