March 20, 2019

The Sacred Craftsmanship of Bezalel

“Prior to the building of the Mishkan (the Tabernacle), God tells Moses, regarding Betzalel, that “He has imbued him with the spirit of God, with wisdom, with insight, and with knowledge, and with [talent for] all manner of craftsmanship,” to facilitate building all that is needed in the Mishkan. Why would G-d specifically choose Betzalel, the grandson of Hur of all people?

Hur, we are told by the Midrash, was murdered by the nation for refusing to allow the worship of the golden calf. It would seem natural for Hur’s grandson to hold a grudge against the nation and not want to spearhead a project which would require him to deal with them on a daily basis. If God was going beyond, to specifically endow someone with special wisdom, insight, and knowledge at this juncture for the purpose of the Mishkan, why not go with someone that has no emotional interest in the game?

The Torah tells us little about Hur, but in order to understand why Betzalel was chosen, we can gain insight by analyzing that which is known about his grandfather.”

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