The Ark of the covenant
The Ark of the covenantISTOCK

Individuals, families, nations and even religions possess objects that they consider to be sacred.

Everyone according to their tastes and beliefs.

But one sacred object is universally considered to be holier than any other, and that is the Ark of the Covenant, first mentioned in this week's parashat Terumah.

The fact that it disappeared long ago from history and has yet to be found only adds to its sacred mystique.