Our Haftara describes Solomon’s Temple as having “inset and latticed windows.” Robert Alter writes that “the precise meaning of these and other architectural terms here is uncertain.” The traditional explanation is that since the Temple diffused its light outward, the windows were larger on the outside and smaller on the inside. RaLbaG agrees on this design but claims the reason is a “midrash.” On the contrary, he thinks he can prove that this design maximized the amount of light streaming into the Temple. For him, this midrash is a beautiful story that is worth repeating, but we must also know the real reason why the windows were designed this way.