When prophet meets artist / Parashat Vayakhel Pekdei
Bezalel seeks the logic embedded in the source, and thus adapts the text as he has received; in doing so, the midrash argues, he succeeds in arriving at the original text that came from God's lips.
The final two weekly readings in the Book of Exodus, to be read this Sabbath, depict the construction of the Portable Tabernacle, its furniture, vessels and utensils - from the time God issues his directives to the culmination of the work. God appoints Bezalel to be in charge of the entire project: "And Moses said unto the children of Israel: 'See, the Lord hath called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, the...
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