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Dvar Torah by Rabbi Abraham J. Twerski

Dvar Torah by Rabbi Abraham J. Twerski

The Torah states: “Moses said to the Children of Israel, ‘See, God has proclaimed by name, Bezalel son of Uri son of Hur of the tribe of Judah to perform every craft of design’ ” (Ex. 35:30-33).

What were the Children of Israel supposed to see?

The Daas Zekeinim MiBaalei HaTosafos says that Moses assumed that he would be designated to fashion the Sanctuary, but God said to him, “It is not going to be as you assume. Rather, the grandson of Hur, who was killed by the Israelites for opposing the making of the Golden Calf, he will make the Sanctuary, which is to serve as a forgiveness for the worship of the Golden Calf.”

Rabbi Henoch Lebovitz remarks that logically we might have reasoned that Bezalel was unfit for this assignment, because he might be harboring a resentment toward the Israelites for the killing of his grandfather, and he might not throw himself wholeheartedly into the work to achieve forgiveness for them. The selection of Betzalel tells us that G-d knew that Bezalel had eliminated every trace of anger and resentment toward the Israelites. It was this enormous self-mastery that made him the ideal person to build the Sanctuary to achieve forgiveness for the Israelites.

The Children of Israel were supposed to see the selection of Bezalel and to learn the lesson that it is possible for each and everyone of us to eliminate all anger and resentment and to forgive others.

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