Hey Bud, It’s You I’m Talkin’ To!

The following text by Reb Zalman is from this week’s Torah portion, Shabbos Vayak’hel. (Click here for Hebrew/English version).

(Exodus 35:30) “See, Hashem has called” (Bezalel). 

In Targum Onkelos, this phrase was translated into Aramaic as chazo d’rabei Hashem / “See, Hashem has raised up” (Bezalel), i.e., the calling of this man by Hashem was on the level of personal growth, similar to the way one helps a child grow, i.e. to learn to develop one’s strengths and feel confident about a particular task.

And whoever has sensed that Hashem yisborach appointed hir to a particular assignment has certainly been given the strength, the ability, the sense and the tools to complete it.  And thus, all hir thoughts are on the level of Machshavah Tovah / a good thought because Hashem yisborach refines it into a good deed, to do all milechet machashevet / intentional work.

Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi
from Yishmiru Daat (2009 revision),
Parashat Vayak’hel,” pp. 33

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