Rabbi Avi Weinstein

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The Architect and the Intellect–Bezalel the artist’s artist.

In Uncategorized on March 12, 2009 at 11:12 am

Haven’t we got enough bad news already? So, excuse me if I don’t dwell on the Golden Calf. Parshat Ki Tissa introduces us to a character as enigmatic and uniquely gifted as Avraham, Bezalel, the architect for the mishkan–the Tabernacle. He was imbued with:

Chochmah–that which is learned from others
Tevunah–that which he inferred from what he had learned
Da’at–that which he received from the Holy Spirit
–Rashi

He was also chosen by God, and as his name attests, he walked in his shadow. It was a clever person who named the famous art institute in Jerusalem, Bezalel, a person who could learn, think, and was open to inspiration. He was God’s definition of artistry and creativity. Click here to learn more

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