29.6. The Appointment of Bezalel and Oholiab (35:30-36:1)

 (30) And Moses said to the Israelites: See, the Lord has singled out by name Bezalel, son of Uri son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah.

(31) He has endowed him with a divine spirit of skill, ability, and knowledge in every kind of craft

(32) and has inspired him to make designs for work in gold, silver, and copper,

(33) to cut stones for setting and to carve wood — to work in every kind of designer’s craft —

(34) and to give directions. He and Oholiab son of Ahisamach of the tribe of Dan

(35) have been endowed with the skill to do any work — of the carver, the designer, the embroiderer in blue, purple, crimson yarns, and in fine linen, and of the weaver — as workers in all crafts and as makers of designs.

(1) Let, then, Bezalel and Oholiab and all the skilled persons whom the Lord has endowed with skill and ability to perform expertly all the tasks connected with the service of the sanctuary carry out all that the Lord has commanded.

(30-34) And Moses said to the Israelites: See, the Lord has singled out by name Bezalel, son of Uri son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah … and to give directions. He and Oholiab son of Ahisamach of the tribe of Dan: In the parallel passage in portion Ki Tissa (31:1-6), which refers to the appointment of Bezalel and Oholiab, they are represented only as the engineers who execute the plans for building the Tabernacle. But here they appear as teachers and managers of the works in which all the “wise of heart” participate (the words ve-chol ish chacham lev in verse 36:1 mean, literally, “and every man who is wise of heart,” notwithstanding that the more modern rendering is “and all the skilled persons”).

For the stability of the Tabernacle, it is important that many people participate in its construction, and that everyone makes his own unique contribution to the work. These many different approaches incorporated into the creation of Tabernacle are the spiritual equivalent of the ropes that were tied to stakes in the ground, pulling the pillars of the Tabernacle courtyard in different directions, and thereby giving it its stability.

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Bible Dynamics, VOL. 2. EXODUS Copyright © by Orot Yerushalaim / P. Polonsky / English translation of the Torah by the Jewish Publication Society, New JPS Translation, 1985. With sincere gratitude for the permission to use. All Rights Reserved.

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