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Parshas Vayakel Pekudei 5770- Question

I am going to try the Q&A format again- today the question, Thursday night/Friday morning the answer.

This week is a double Parshah: Vayakel Pekudei and is from Shmot (Exodus) 35:1-40:38

What general lesson can we learn from the following statements?
Shmot (Exodus) Chapter 35 10. And every wise hearted person among you shall come and make everything that the Lord has commanded: י. וְכָל חֲכַם לֵב בָּכֶם יָבֹאוּ וְיַעֲשׂוּ אֵת כָּל אֲשֶׁר צִוָּה יְ־הֹוָ־ה:

Shmot (Exodus) Chapter 36 1. Bezalel and Oholiab and every wise hearted man into whom G-d had imbued wisdom and insight to know how to do, shall do all the work of the service of the Holy, according to all that the Lord has commanded.” א. וְעָשָׂה בְצַלְאֵל וְאָהֳלִיאָב וְכֹל אִישׁ חֲכַם לֵב אֲשֶׁר נָתַן יְ־הֹוָ־ה חָכְמָה וּתְבוּנָה בָּהֵמָּה לָדַעַת לַעֲשֹׂת אֶת כָּל מְלֶאכֶת עֲבֹדַת הַקֹּדֶשׁ לְכֹל אֲשֶׁר צִוָּה יְהוָה:

In 35:10 we see the call for “every wise hearted person” to come and make everything- it is only later that it says “into whom G-d had imbued wisdom and insight to know how to do”. What has this to teach us? In Egypt, the Jews were manual labourers- they learnt no fine trades- theywere masons. brick layers, manal abour- yet here they required far finer arts. Those who wanted to work on the Mishkan, Aran Kodesh and Bigdei kahuna came forwad- and after they had made the effort, Hashem then imbued them with the ncessary wisdom, knowledge and insight.

How does this apply to us today? The same applies to Torah study- nobody is born knowing Torah. It is not something that we know without effort. However, when we exert ourselves, when we move towards Hashem by studying Torah- then Hashem moves towards us and imbues within us the ability to study and learn. Obviously we are not all Moshe or Rabbi Akivah- but Hashem imbues within each of us according to our own measure and ability. Bezalel was imbued with every craft in full measure, Elihood the same to a lesser degree, the rest of the people each according to what they did. Yet they all shared in the mitzvah equally, they were all part of the building of the Mishkan, Aron Kodesh and Bigdei Kahuna. When the offerings were collected Hashem took them from everyone- regardless of their status or personal knowledge- so much so that the princes of the tribe, in arriving late, found that all that was left to give were the precious stones for the choshen and ephod.

Similarly- we should not tarry when it comes to studying Torah- everyone should do so as quickly as possible. We all hav our own bits to add, we all have our parts toplay and we should not wait to start doing what we should.

Note: Based on a shiur of the Chofetz Chaim from Biurei Chofetz Chaim

If you findanything wrong, stated in error or needin expansion, please let me know via email or the comments. Other comments and discussion are welcome

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