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February 24, 1995 - Image 34

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1995-02-24

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RABBI IRWIN GRONER SPECIAL TO THE JEWISH NEWS

he Torah recounts the
building of the tabernacle
in the wilderness in a •
spirit of fervor and cre-
ativity. Directing this activity
was not Moses, who had domi-
nated the scene until then, but
someone whom we meet for the
first time: Bezalel, the son of
Uri, the son of Hur.
Who is this Bezalel to whom
Moses entrusts the job of build-
ing a sanctuary for the Lord?
While scripture does not tell us
much about Bezalel and his fam-
ily background, the rabbis of the
Midrash supplement the missing
links, providing us with the iden-
tity of Bezalel's forebears.
The rabbinic tradition advises
us that Bazalel's great-grand-
mother was none other than Miri-
am, the sister of Moses and Aaron.
How meaningful that the great-
grandson of Miriam, who watched
baby Moses floating on the river,
who looked with confidence and
resolution into the remote un-
known future should now be the
one who is called upon to build a
sanctuary for the Lord, an ac-
complishment which marks the
summit of the spiritual redemp-
tion of the people from slavery.
Bezalel, however, was chosen
not only because of his ancestry.
The text describes his remark-
able talent. Thus, we are told
"And Moses said unto the chil-
dren of Israel: See, the Lord has
called by name, Bezalel... of the
tribe of Judah. And He has filled
him with the spirit of God, in wis-
dom, in understanding, and in
knowledge, and in all manner of
workmanship..."
The commentators on the
Torah were perplexed by the ap-
parent redundancy of the word
see. It seems to be superfluous,
for the sentence would have been
complete without that word.
A leading scholar of our gen-
eration offers an insightful ex-
planation, which teaches that
when a person is blessed by the
Almighty with special talents and
abilities, he should not waste
them or put them to selfish ends,
but should employ them in the
service of God and his fellow man.
When the Almighty com-
manded Moses to build a taber-
nacle as a meeting place for the
Jewish people and their creator
and outlined the intricate designs
and rare fabrics and materials
that had to be used, the problem
was to find a suitable artist to for-
mulate the plans, to make the de-

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Irwin Groner is senior rabbi of

Congregation Shaarey Zedek.

sign and to supervise the work.
God said to Moses, who spoke to
the people, "See! there is Bezalel
who is qualified to perform this
task to perfection. He is endowed
with the gifts of brilliance and ge-
nius. Appoint him to undertake
this effort and suceess is assured."
The learning of the scholar, the
wisdom of the sage, the talent of
the artist, the brilliance of the
writer, the leadership of an indi-
vidual , are special gifts of God
that must not be permitted to go
to waste. They are to be used by
the recipients of these blessings
for the good and welfare of the
community.

Shabbat Vayakhel:
Exodus 35:1-38:230
II Kings 12:1-17.

This thought is stated clearly
and succinctly in the succeeding
verse "And He put in his (Beza-
lel's) heart that he may teach..."
Unlike many gifted artists who
are unable to teach their skill to
others or simply prefer to keep it
all to themselves, Bezalel had the
ability, as well as the winning-
ness, to instruct others, a char-
acteristic which the Torah
recognizes as especially praise-
worthy.
Judaism stresses the idea that
a human being is a messenger of
the Eternal One; that his talents
and aptitudes do not belong to
him alone, but were given him to
be shared; that everything which
is appealing and attractive, bright
and inspiring, should be em-
ployed to fill the lives of others
with grace, beauty and warmth.
Fortunate is the people blessed
with gifted sons and daughters
who know what they are quali-
fied to achieve and to create and
are willing to dedicate a goodly
portion of their special abilities
and talents to the service of their
people and their faith. ❑

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