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The Darchei Moshe in the beginning of Hilchos Tefillin, Siman 32, cites from the Mordechai (Halachos Katanos) the following: One has to make the mitzvah (of tefillin) "nice" on the outside, "and chol shecain" (a fortiori) the inside (of the Tefillin) should be made nice -- because we find of the Beis HaMikdash that the inside was from Zahav Taharah (pure gold).

Why is he drawing a comparison from the Beis HaMikdash to Tefillin? What connection do they have? Why because the Beis HaMikdash was "nicer" on the inside then it was on the outside (seemingly) must we then make tefillin nice (or nicer) on the inside than it is on the outside?

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Both Tefillin and the Beis Hamikdash have insides which are not seen by the general public, therefore there would be a tendency to attach more importance making both look nice on the outside.

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Interesting idea. +1. Is it your own? – msh210 Apr 22 '13 at 5:34
A nice thought but doesn't really answer the question – Yehoshua Apr 22 '13 at 8:33
My own idea but I owe the approach to all the academic Judiacs that I've been reading lately. @Yehoshua, it does but the answer is sociological rather than halachic – Yitzchak Apr 23 '13 at 11:15

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